There's this beautiful person I know. I met her through blogging. I saw a post she wrote about her experience being a mother with depression, and it made me fall in love with her immediately. Her name is Casey.
We met first online. She agreed to participate in the Mother's Day Rally for Moms' Mental Health, and wrote a wonderful piece about never giving up. Then we met in person at BlogHer, and I could see she's even better than I thought.
There's this other beautiful person I know. She's Casey's bestie. She's the ultimate example of the kind of support someone should provide to a person who has experienced depression or anxiety. She supports Casey out of love, not obligation. She does it because Casey deserves it.
I wish every pregnant and new mother in the world had Emily for a best friend, because then they'd never feel alone.
Emily created a 15-week celebration for Casey and Mozzi (the current name of Casey's bundle of joy) during which nearly 100 friends and family members are each responsible for a day of that celebration. I'm so happy that today is my day. On Twitter, in honor of Casey and Mozzi, I will be tweeting the entire lyrics to the song "Celebration" by Kool and the Gang. Since the lyrics are way more than 140 characters, that will be a lot of tweets. Casey is worth it.
Casey, I wish you and your family all the blessings in the world, and more. You are an amazing soul. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for everything you do to support women with depression, including postpartum and antenatal depression. I know you have helped countless people. You are the awesome.