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Board Members Attend Warrior Mom Conference

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By Holly Fisher A week after I attended the second annual Warrior Mom Conference, the message a church was about how good leaders handle “threshold moments.” Most threshold moments are some blend of exciting and scary – college graduation, a new job, getting married. But some of our threshold moments are painful.

The question, then, is how do we handle those painful times? Are we buried by the pain or do we bury the pain? Or do we use that painful period to create a platform and an opportunity to help others crossing a similar painful threshold.

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Having a baby certainly qualifies as a threshold moment – both exciting and a little frightening. For a large number of moms, we go through another threshold – a painful one that comes in the form of a postpartum mood disorder.

For the longest time, I both buried the pain of postpartum depression and was buried by the pain. Ultimately, I asked for help, recovered and found that I could turn the pain into a platform, helping the thousands upon thousands of mothers who have a postpartum mood disorder.

So how incredibly moving to see close to 200 other women who have also chosen to rise above the pain of PPD and decide to use their darkest time to help others through theirs.

The Warrior Mom Conference is hosted by Postpartum Progress, a national nonprofit “working to vastly improve awareness of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders like postpartum depression, and to provide peer leadership and support for the women who have them.”

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I attended along with three other board members of Postpartum Support Charleston. It was a wonderful opportunity to connect with similar organizations around the country, fellow PPD advocates and moms who had survived the toughest situation motherhood can throw at them.

I was particularly thrilled to hear about research being done that could dramatically impact PPD treatment. Finally, this illness is being given the attention it deserves. And it was heartening to hear about the efforts all over the globe to end the stigma of PPD.

Our board members returned with plenty of great ideas on how we can continue to help moms and families here in the Charleston area. We know what it’s like to go through the pain of PPD. We care, we see you and we support you.

Holly is a PPD survivor and former president of the Postpartum Support Charleston board. 

Look for social media posts about the conference via #WarriorMomCon

Stella & Dot, Thirty-One Parties Benefit PPD

Charleston area Stella & Dot and Thirty-One stylist and Postpartum Support Charleston supporter Leigh Ann Garrett is graciously hosting online shopping parties with 20% of all sales donated to Postpartum Support Charleston.

Stella & Dot: Shop online from now through May 10, 2013.

Thirty-One: Shop online from now through May 10, 2013.

 

What a great way to do some Mother's Day shopping while supporting an important cause. And, hey, you're doing good so throw in a little something for yourself too!

Thank you, Leigh Ann!

Now, start shopping!!

 

Fun Ways You Can Support the Cause

We’re joining forces with other local businesses for fundraisers. You can raise money for our organization simply by eating yogurt and shopping. What!? Yes, it’s that simple. Eat for the Cause

Post Partum Support CharlestonPostpartum Support Charleston is one of several organizations participating in the Charleston Charity Challenge. Stop by Sweet CeCe’s Frozen Yogurt & Treats, 99 S. Market St., and order up a cup of yogurt. Designate Postpartum Support Charleston as your charity of choice and we receive 20% of the sale. As a bonus, participants get a coupon for a free cup of yogurt for a future visit. It’s a pretty sweet deal.

The event runs 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily from April 13 to April 20. The kickoff event from noon to 5 p.m. on April 13 will feature the Buck Truck from InTown.com (a Moms’ Run sponsor). Children can jump in the Buck Truck and try to grab as much cash as their little hands can hold.

Shop for the Cause

Postpartum Support Charleston is also teaming up with Affordables Apparel for a special after-hours shopping event. Join us from 6-8 p.m. Friday, April 19 at the South Windermere location (82 Folly Road) for wine, snacks and shopping.  You shop and Postpartum Support Charleston receives 10% of the evening’s sales. Put together your list of upcoming birthdays and Mother’s Day and knock out all your shopping in one evening – all for a great cause! You can also sign up to win a free Moms’ Run registration. Or sign up for the Moms’ Run on the spot! Watch our Facebook event for updates.

Join in the Charleston Charity Challenge

This Saturday, you can eat frozen yogurt all for a good cause. Postpartum Support Charleston is one of the participants in the Charleston Charity Challenge 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Sweet CeCe's Frozen Yogurt & Treats, 99 S. Market St. in downtown Charleston. More than 40 organizations are participating, but all you have to do is buy yogurt and designate Postpartum Support Charleston as your charity of choice. For each customers who selects our organization, we receive 20% of each yogurt cup purchase. Bring this coupon and help us raise money!

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Couch to 5K Training Program for Moms' Run

We are thrilled Fleet Feet Sports Mt. Pleasant has selected the Moms' Run for its No Boundaries Couch to 5K Training Program. This offer is complimentary to those participating in the Moms' Run. This is a $75 value and a great way to get ready for the Moms' Run 5K on May 11. Fleet Feet is a fitness store opening in Mount Pleasant this spring. This is a 10-week program for walkers, run/walkers and joggers so it's perfect for those new to a running program. Training times are Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings. You also receive coaching, educational seminars, goal setting and a T-shirt.

Learn more and get signed up! 

Thank you, Fleet Feet, for supporting the 2013 Moms' Run!

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