My Interview with @BettysBattleGround 

I had met Elizabeth Bricco (@bettysbattleground) through my blogging community on twitter.  Her website name intrigued me and I remember visiting her page and skimming through her posts. She is an advocate for mental illness. How she delivers content to educate and share other people’s experience with mental illness. She is a consistent and helpful soul with delivering raw content. Even in the midst of the chaos that linger in her own mind, she has the heart to share with her readers and the world about the importance of knowledge with mental illness. 

‘The hurt she shares, I found comfort in.’

She had tweeted that she is looking for anyone who wanted to share their experiences with mental illness, through an interview that she would share with her readers and followers.

I thought about the extent of me sharing my experience. A few weeks back when I shared that I am struggling with Postpartum Depression with family and friends, it was the scariest thing for me to do and my husband had to do the talking for me. But eventually, sharing it made me a little braver. It made me comfortable enough to share with my viewers through my post “28, Three Kids and Postpartum Depression”.

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‘The Support that came Pouring in’

 

After posting about how I came to find out that I suffer from Postpartum Depression mixed with Anxiety and OCD, the amount of support I received from my blogging community and my readers was amazing. I realized how important it was that I shared it. Aside from the fear of sharing it, a huge part of me wanted the world to know how hard it was to battle with mental illness, alone. Because that’s what it is. No matter the amount of people who are by your side, this is a battle you face on your own, with your own mind. Your experience is extended to those you love the most, and it’s heart breaking.

 

 

What I have gathered from all the comments, I was left with is that..

..this is still an illness that not a lot of people care to educate themselves on, unless they themselves are dealing with it or someone they love. Most people are ignorant about it and thats what causes the stigma. People don’t care to know what it means to struggle with mental illness, and they view you as mentally weak and crazy. 

 

Please check out my interview with Elizabeth Bricco @ http://www.bettysbattleground.com/2017/04/17/parenting-mental-illness-maria/

So I shared 

Sharing my experience is important. Individuals who struggle with mental illness need support, encouragement, friendships, and understanding. They need to be able to access help and feel free to do so, without the fear of being judged. I have yet to access all avenues of help, except medication because well, I don’t have a lot of options financially. But Elizabeth surprised me with a YouCaring fundraiser to help with the cost (totally amazing of her). I thought she would just share my story, and this would be enough to help others. But what she does is she gives more, and that in its own tells you that no matter who you are, even with mental illness, it doesn’t mean you’re a terrible person who was mean mentally or emotionally. It is an illness that takes over you, yes. But it is an illness we did not choose or want. It is an illness that brings itself out from the depths of your soul, from the darkness you thought you’ve managed to store away.

 

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Thank you

Sweet Elizabeth Bricco, thank you for allowing me to share my story. Thank you for your support, and help through this part of my life. I am grateful for opening a conversation with you and for your voice for advocating for such an important message. Thank you for allowing me to utilize your social platform to share and educate with others who may be going through postpartum depression or other mental illness. Thank you for providing comfort and being another helping force to help those struggling with mental illness! You have a kind heart. We’re together in this. 

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Please visit http://www.bettysbattleground.com/2017/04/17/parenting-mental-illness-maria/ to read my interview with her and for the YouCaring fundraiser she’s set up for me on her page, to help. 

 

MM, out!

  One thought on “My Interview with @BettysBattleGround 

  1. April 27, 2017 at 6:34 pm

    Being open and sharing these stories makes all of the difference to so many.

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  2. April 27, 2017 at 1:54 pm

    You are brave enough to share and fight with it. When you are alone, the pain is much more. I believe sharing supports and helps you to get out of it.

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  3. April 26, 2017 at 2:34 am

    You are so brave for sharing your story – it’s so important that people talk about mental health issues (and postpartum particularly) because they are so common and we need to remove the shame that people feel. Talking about it is the first step to working through it. ❤

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    • April 28, 2017 at 10:35 am

      Thank you for your understanding. So many are do ignorant with this illness because it’s either they’ve never gone through it first-hand, know they have it or know someone they love who have it. Awareness on this illness is so important for those suffering with it because we need to be able to validate their feelings that it isn’t something they chose or deserve. Its something they cannot control or see right away. It’s an illness that required professional help and those who struggle with it have a hard time reaching out in that Avenue because they feel afraid. I know I am. All my vulnerabilities are out in the open for all the hate and judgement to stream in. But the truth is my fear in my experience with PPD/PPD & PPOCD is so much bigger than the stigma around it. Its such a difficult illness to cope with. Everyone who suffers with mental illness need others support.

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  4. April 25, 2017 at 12:45 pm

    Thank you for having the courage to share your experience. It’s amazing at the support that you received from your community, it goes to show you that people can surprise you sometimes.

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  5. April 25, 2017 at 11:53 am

    That is so amazing to have the support and be able to share this, I can’t imagine how hard times can be,

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  6. April 25, 2017 at 11:46 am

    This is perfect! I’m so happy that we are opening this discussion. I once met a lady who needed an outlet – She was very irritable with her children and always on edge. Later she shared with me details about how much an outlet was important for her – she suffered from postpartum depression. when she shared that with me –it created another layer of understanding and I was happy that she was opened with me because I also learned more about myself – Thank you for sharing this. It’s so encouraging when people share their stories.

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    • April 28, 2017 at 10:31 am

      I struggled with this for the last three years and wasn’t educated enough to pin point what it was. It was only last month that I felt fed up of the person I am and the changes that was so evident in me. I could no longer relate it to stress. It was more than that..more than I could control. Its so important to have other people surround you to see the changes and help you distinguish the differences.

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  7. April 25, 2017 at 11:23 am

    That’s amazing that you were able to get so much support from your blogging community. Kudos to you for sharing

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  8. April 25, 2017 at 11:23 am

    I’m proud of you for being such a strong woman. Keep inspiring others!

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  9. April 25, 2017 at 2:01 am

    I know so many who have suffered through this – amazing if you to tell your story.

    Xox, Christie
    http://Www.icanstyleu.com/blog

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  10. April 24, 2017 at 11:34 pm

    This is beautiful! Mental illness is definitely underserved and misunderstood. There is such a stigma and many are scared or ashamed to share their story or seek help. The best we can do is support each other!

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    • April 28, 2017 at 10:27 am

      Thank you! I was and still is sometimes afraid to share my illness experience. Mental illness is such a difficult sickness to cope with. The stigma around it makes it that much harder for those suffering in silence. It is an illness most people are ignorant about unless they’ve experienced it first-hand or have someone they truly love that have gone through it. The importance of bring light to this and sharing the awareness is so critical to those who have it. They need to have their feelings validated because it’s something they do not choose to have or even saw coming. Thank you for your support. I hope you can share this with your viewers. Thank you! xo

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  11. April 24, 2017 at 8:27 pm

    I’m glad more people are talking about mental illness. PPMD are a big deal and affect more parents than people realize.

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  12. April 24, 2017 at 8:27 pm

    You should be so proud for speaking out. Your words are going to help, inspire, and encourage so many other women!

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    • April 28, 2017 at 10:23 am

      Thank you! I don’t know if I feel proud for share just yet as its still something I fear. To open up and be vulnerable to so many.

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  13. April 24, 2017 at 3:02 pm

    You are such a strong woman to openly talk about such a hard time. I know tons of women who have gone through similar things, and it always feels less scary to know other people go through it to. Keep sharing your stories. They matter. 🙂

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    • April 28, 2017 at 10:22 am

      Not enough awareness is brought to this illness. Many who struggle with mental illness, struggle in silence. It is so important outside of how much I fear to share this to bring light and awareness to this. To help validate those who suffer that this is not their doing or something that they can help. It is a sickness that requires attention and help. It’s the hardest thing to cope with. Mental illness takes your mind away from you. Thank you for reading. I hope you can share this to spread awareness. xo

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  14. April 24, 2017 at 2:34 pm

    It’s unbelievable terrifying to share such a personal part of yourself, and then overwhelming how much positivity came from it. Stay strong and keep educating.

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    • April 28, 2017 at 10:19 am

      It was the scariest thing to share. The fear of allowing my vulnerabilities just linger on social media. To know how social media works and the negative backlash it has for so many negative topics. But the truth is..my fear in experience of postpartum depression/Anxiety and OCD is far bigger than the uneducated individuals who would view this negatively. There are so many people who struggle with mental illness, an illness not easily ‘fixed’ or easy brushed off. The person who struggles, struggles deeply, alone, in their heads. Something not even their loved ones could help. So to share is so important. To put light and awareness to an illness so many suffer in silence for. To find comfort in knowing that their feelings are validated about an illness so difficult to cope with. I hope you can share this. Thank you !

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