When I first met Cate I was in the depths of postpartum anxiety. I was lost and scared. What had started off as an attempt at keeping my newborn healthy and safe spiraled into postpartum anxiety. I lived daily with an intense fear of germs, of SIDS, of losing everything that meant anything to me. I would’ve rather had two broken legs. Gladly. It would have been less paralyzing and painful. I know understand what people mean when they say “rock bottom.” I was shattered.
However, like a beacon of light in my darkest time, Cate, who also went through postpartum anxiety, helped me to understand what was happening to me. She talked to me daily, always there to listen. It was Cate who finally urged me get the courage to talk to my doctor for help. I shudder to think where I would be if I hadn’t met her.
I’m not the only one who Cate has helped. She spends countless hours on parenting forums seeking out women who are suffering as I had – taking her struggles and using them to help others. She understands that what women in that situation need most is help and encouragement from someone who has been through it themselves. Cate is always there to listen. To encourage. To support. She is an amazing woman, mother, wife and friend. And she is saving lives through her compassion and empathy. She is truly a woman who shines!
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