Breaking taboo’s – Overcoming challenges in my life
We all face challenges in our lives. Some big, some small. Life is never easy all the time! I would like to share some of the struggles that I have overcome in my life. Hopefully these will be things you can relate to. The main reason I am open about the following issues, is to break the ‘taboo’ around these subjects. The more we talk about things the less of a problem they are.
My 2 big life challenges so far:
My fertility journey – I’m a mother to 2 amazing daughters. However, it was a long 10yr journey to complete our family. Infertility is still a taboo subject even though so many couples experience it. To say it was an emotional rollercoaster, is an understatement. I had a lot of tests, was poked and prodded, and then told our infertility was ‘unexplained’.
Desparate for a child of my own……
I was desperate for a child of my own. Questions from family, friends, and even complete strangers enquiring when I was going to get pregnant astounded me. It was (and still is) a deeply personal question to ask someone. Our (expensive) IVF journey resulted in 2 healthy girls. I’m extraordinarily grateful and count my blessings daily. It frequently doesn’t end this way for many couples. I credit acupuncture, homeopathy, hair mineral analysis, supplementation and other CAM therapies for helping my dreams to come true.
PND and mental health issues – I suffered with Post Natal Depression (PND) after both child birthing experiences. The first time lasted 6 weeks. The second time it lasted much longer and was more severe. I had tried to put strategies in place to help avoid it, but ironically these made it worse. At its peak, I was self-harming, not washing, eating or sleeping. I write this not for sympathy but to demonstrate how powerful mental illness can be.
I asked for help……
I accessed NHS PND counselling and took a short course of prescription anti-depressants, even though I was not keen on these. I was lucky enough to be able to see 2 separate private counsellors each week. These 2 women re-built me. Over an 18mnth-2yr period, I worked on myself and grew stronger. I’m now a ‘2.0’ version of my previous self. I have tools and systems in place to make sure that this kind of breakdown doesn’t happen again. Life is not always easy but now I can deal with it properly.
Email/ call me if any of the above resonated with you, or you need any emotional help.
I’m a qualified licenced homeopath, with almost 20yrs experience in community pharmacy. Homeopathy is safe, natural and effective. Consultations can be in your home, which makes it easier for those with young children or babies.