Postpartum Depression: Joanna's Story - Episode 3
The final episode of this heartfelt series concludes as Joanna shares what finally helped pull herself back together. Realizing and accepting the fact that she and her children will always have a tough road ahead, Joanna remains hopeful and stronger than ever. This is Joanna's story.
Not long after my daughter turned 2, my husband and I separated. So it continued to be a pretty rough time for me, till she was, you know, 2. And then I sort of just decided that I need to find myself again. Like, I lost myself, where did I go? So I started focusing more on myself. The stress of the issues that we were having from my marriage were no longer in my house. I was able to focus on me and the children. I realized I can do things on my own as a single parent, independently. That was really the path that started me getting myself back to feeling more like myself.
You know the kids went through rough times. They both did. I know they'll continue to, but ultimately in the long run, you know, we're going to be fine.
Postpartum depression is not something goes away overnight. You're going to have your ups and downs when you're feeling better, and then you're feeling down again, and then feeling better. You can't be hard on yourself, you know. Oh, it's a part of life. Things that you deal with. So definitely don't expect a quick fix. Just know that there is hope that you will get back to that point again of feeling better, feeling normal, and having your life back.