Regular readers will have read about how pleased that I am that one of the many Mums who is in contact with me has gone on to have a happy and successful pregnancy and motherhood after having suffered with mental health issues with a previous child. In this case Grace is now busy with her adorable twins!
However, I am delighted to report that her story of puerperal psychosis has just been published - Saving Grace: My Journey & Survival Through Post Natal Depression, by Grace Sharrock
Grace was keen to share her story, as I was, but we both acknowledged that our backgrounds were very different. She was abandoned by the father of her baby and as a single mum had struggles beyond those I faced. Her puerperal psychosis was more the 'classic' case with her plunging into a psychotic state within days of her baby being born. We both got excited at our mutual behaviour of walking the streets in our night clothes!
Grace takes you on her roller coaster ride of an illness which is still misunderstood and underestimated for it's impact on not just the mother, but for all those involved.
When you pick up 'Saving Grace' make sure you have a few hours to spare as you won't want to put it down.
It has lessons for us all - as teenagers, parents, sufferers and professionals.
Go get your copy!