I have to admit to being a bit despondent lately. I worked crazy hard setting up the raffle and making sure I had plenty of awesome prizes to offer in return for donations. But then it kind of stopped. And when it did I felt lousy.
But then I realised something (ok, after a couple of days of sulking I realised something) – I am only one person. What I have tried to do is not something that just one person can do; it is something that needs a louder voice of a crowd behind it.
Yesterday that started to happen. The little human shaped pot of loveliness that is Mammasaurus wrote her own post about her experiences with PND. My one lonely voice became louder with hers to back it up. And then lots of you started to help by spreading the word on Twitter (please accept this as my big thank you if I missed saying it personally on Twitter, my mentions were swamped). The raffle pages actually had a fairly low traffic day but the people that did click were the people that mattered.
In less than 24 hours the fundraising total more than doubled. Amazing.
I have all of you to thank for this, I really couldn’t have achieved that without you.
Which brings me nicely to my next point. There really is a lot to be said for the support that you find in other people. There really is an amazing community out there that I am truely honoured to be a part of. The thing is, it’s such a big community that one person can get a bit lost sometimes. As well as the generous donations and the lovely, supportive comments I received yesterday something else just as great started to happen; people started to share their experiences.
Posts about PND are popping up on a few blogs now and that really is amazing. PND is really, really hard to talk about. But talking about it openly is the only way that understanding will build and the stigma will be broken. This is hugely important to the cause. To the brave women who have chosen to share a post already, thank you. I wanted to open a linky so that all these posts can come together in one place. Like a strength in numbers kind of thing. I think it will surprise people just how many mums it affects.
If you have a post, old or new, that you want to share, please add your link. If you feel inspired to write one I’d love you to add your link too.
For about the millionth time, thank you all. Really, none of this would be possible without you and the more of us there are the more of a chance we have of making a change. As it stands we have raised nearly £150 – I’m doing a happy dance right now.
Please, please spread the word if you can. The more people that know about this the better – and lets face it, there are some really great prizes to be won! Tell Twitter, tell Facebook, tell your friends, if you want to sell tickets at playgroup then that would be fantastic! Email me if you have any questions, or if you just want to get in touch.
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