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14Nov 13

A Monster Ate My Mum

A friend of mine , Jen or @intinctivemum ,  who I met through  twitter, had written a poem to try and verbalise what PND meant to her and as a way of explaining to her young children what it felt like to experience such a debilitating illness. It grew from there and took on a new life which has manafested itself into a book that the PND community ,very badly needs.

She then asked if I would review her book which I did on my main blog over at  www.daftmamma.co.uk and I have to say that the words took my breath away. I never really knew that there was a way to express what it is like, to a child in order that they understand and comprehend things but that day when I received it and sat down to read it to my 6year old, it opened up a dialogue that I never thought could happen at such a young age. Jen says that she has written it for children aged between 2-12 and I can say that she hits her mark brilliantly.

To have someone who has the ability such as Jen, to write in a way and make speaking about PND to our children, that much easier, is truly a gift to all who have sufferred or know someone who has. I cried because I could put myself in those two different positions of child and sufferrer. I wish that I had had this book or even known about it earlier than now because if I had read it whilst in the depths of my depression, it could have helped to put things into a different perspective and helped me in recovery. what i mean by this is that the book tells you that it won’t be forever and that your laughter and sparkle will soon come back again.

You know something? It couldn’t be more true.. you lose yourself temporarily but it comes back in time, but with a vengence and a new, stronger you. Thank You Jen for helping us find our way and explaining to our children that things will be alright again.

If you wish to purchase it, please have a look at her website and it shows details of the book , backround on Jen and how you canpurchase the book.

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About Coping with postnatal depression…

Hi, my name is Angeline and I am mum to two kids, ages 6 months and 6 yrs. I had postnatal depression with both kids and prenatal depression with one. I have decided to write about my experience in order to help break stigmas relating to perinatal mental health, and actively campaign to see changes to services available for both men and women.

I am open and honest about my experience and, although it was a very dark time in my life, I want people to know that you can overcome this and there is light on those dark days.