34 Kelly Debie’s Story of Intrusive Thoughts

This was probably the most difficult episode for me to record and publish yet. Earlier this week, Postpartum Progress, an organization I have volunteered for, decided to end their operations.

It’s a messy story. I believe the technical term is “shit storm.”  During the introduction, I do my best to describe what happened, but I’m not trying to be a historian or journalist here.

Graeme Seabrook, a volunteer who had done so much work for Postpartum Progress, resigned and explained the reasons for her resignation in this essay.

I’m a lawyer, and my lawyer brain said, “Let’s wait and see what happens and what everyone else does.”  But my heart, body and soul told me it was time to resign from my position as a Warrior Mom Ambassador for Postpartum Progress.

My brain fought hard and resisted for twenty-four hours but in the end, my heart and soul won.  I resigned.

A day later, Postpartum Progress announced it was ceasing operations. My initial reaction was “holy shit” and then “what the fuck?” and now, I don’t know what it is. I have a lot of feelings to process.

But during all of this whirlwind, I got to talk to Kelly DeBie, a mother of five who has written extensively about her experiences with maternal mood disorders on her blog DeBie Hive.

The first post Kelly ever wrote is here.   Another is one right here, and there are about thirty more on her blog.  You can also follow her on Instagram and Twitter @debiehive.

Thanks, Kelly, for coming on the show!