Many new parents and grandparents suffer with postpartum OCD in silence, too ashamed to seek help. I wish we could obliterate that shame; I wish we could celebrate the strength it takes to live with mental illness and the scars it leaves. In Japan cracked objects are mended with gold—to enhance the notion that damage brings history and beauty. Or, as Leonard Cohen suggested, cracks let in the light. Amen—to finding light and gold.
Eldonna Edwards is the author of best-selling memoir LOST IN TRANSPLANTATION, which follows her mission to give away a kidney to a stranger. She now brings us a story of a mother struggling with depression. Her book will release in April of 2018. It is set in a small Midwest town in the late 1960s.
I was looking for a great story of a woman to go with a ring that would be found in an antique shop. The story came to me quickly but in a sad way. My grandmother, Zoya, passed away and left me a diary filled with pages of family history. One of the pages discussedContinue reading “How Did I Come Up With This Story, Anyway: Part II”
If looking at the schedule of holiday events makes you have a panic attack, make 3 lists: Holiday events you enjoy and they wouldn’t take much effort Holiday events you must attend or there will be severe consequences (family will never talk to you again, you will be fired from your job, your friends willContinue reading “Too Much Holiday Stress? Tips For Surviving The Holiday Season.”
I always encourage parents to create Christmas for their own current family and not to allow it to be influenced as much by their childhood Christmases. By all means—keep your family traditions. Those may be wonderful and special. But don’t let these hold you back from making new ones with your spouse and children. For example,Continue reading “Holiday Gift Guide For Parents”