Women Who Shine

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Yahoo Women Who ShineWhen 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!

I would be so grateful if you’d take the time to vote for my guardian angel (you’ll have to scroll to the right). And if you know a woman who shines, feel free to nominate her.

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  1. I voted!

  2. voted =]

  3. I voted! Have a fantastic smile filled day!

  4. You shine! Just voted and wish you all the best. Happy Friday 🙂

  5. I voted! Have a good one hun!

  6. Sounds like Cate is a wonderful person! I voted for her! 🙂

  7. How wonderful to have someone to speak to! Postpartum depression is nothing to mess around with so a helping hand or ‘ear’ in this instance is great!

  8. Voted

  9. Jacqui Odell says:


  10. I voted! What an amazing woman!

  11. Good luck!!

  12. Voted. 🙂

  13. I voted again!

  14. Anita Anderson says:

    Voted hope she wins 🙂

  15. Cate sounds like a wonderful friend.

    I am curious. What is the difference between postpartum depression and postpartum anxiety? Are they treated in the same way or differently?

    I’m glad you’ve found your way to the other side of that difficult time!

  16. I voted! Could you vote for my nominee? I nominated my sister in law who is battling brain cancer. She isn’t in the same category as your friend, so no competition 🙂


  17. Voted!

  18. Definitely hope she wins. Voting as many times as I can.

  19. PPD is so hard. I think all new moms have a touch of it due to the drop in hormones. But for others is crosses the line into something a lot more serious. I will vote.

  20. Momma on the Rocks Momma on the Rocks says:

    Thanks to everyone who voted! I really appreciate it!

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