I'm going to pat myself on the back, but not really because I am doing it so that others hear this message: your voice and your message and your story is SO FREAKING IMPORTANT.
For backstory, you should know I'm generally a face in the crowd. Intrinsically, I'm a listener. I'm a fixer who has brilliant ideas in the shower and car rides, but who can get buried underneath louder voices in meetings. It's why writing is easier for me because it's an outlet in which I can control the tone and voice I project and the pace in which I do so.
A quiet advocate, speaking out and speaking up is OUT OF MY COMFORT ZONE.
For months I was crippled by the events that happened to me and the near loss of my life and my son's. I existed. I hurt. I hid. I resented. I let circumstances happen to me.
Then, out of self preservation, I made the choice to use my voice to make a difference. I started writing about birth trauma, uterine rupture, NICU life. I was vulnerable with my emotions, and because I chose to share those intimate details and flaws and emotions, my post on Birth Trauma was shared 4.6k times. 4.6k women heard they were not alone. 4.6k women were able to tell people what they needed out of friends and providers.
Today I met with the providers from the practice who delivered T. We expressed mutual raw emotions and had a healing experience, because providers are human beings, too. Not only that, but I suggested macro level change in post partum care, specifically in mental health
Not only was it well received, I am now positioned to be a patient advocate to speak to the importance of patients to have on site mental health supports available to them for obstetric and post partum care (and to have those visits closer together). We took what could be so negative, and used it to bring change for others.
Your voice matters. Your story matters. YOU matter. You don't have to feel strong to be strong.
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