My name is Simone Clark. I'm a wife and mommy of 2 living children and 2 angel boys.
After our daughter was born back in 2011, I suffered from severe postpartum depression. Back then, I had no clue that this is what it was. I had heard of the baby blues, but I thought I was just hormonal and would eventually be my "old self". Needless to say that it didn't get better. Actually, it got worse! Each day, I drifted deeper and deeper into the abyss of my soul. My poor husband went through hell. He is a trooper and my hero. He stuck by my side through it all. He knows the true meaning of "in the good times and the bad times." I finally admitted that I needed help and saw a doctor. That is when I was diagnosed with severe PPD.
Then, in November 2013, I experienced something no parent should EVER have to experience ... I lost our twin boys at 18 weeks of pregnancy. Until then, I always thought this would only happen to other people. I also had no clue how much it would affect me. The next few months, I "killed" my grief with work (financial translations for CPAs, tax consultants, accountants and lawyers) and most of all denial. On my sons' first angelversary in November 2014, the walls that I had built around my heart collapsed on me throwing me in a big deep black hole. Even though my family, prayer and seeing a grief counselor slowly but gently helped me see a small light at the end of this scary tunnel, I still wasn't able to function. I was like an Energizer bunny ... all over the place but getting nowhere.
Exercising and eating healthy have been my savior! I try to eat as healthy as I can and I work out almost every day. The first few days and weeks were rough. But it was so worth it! I'm feeling at peace!
Feeling this empowered, made me realize that I wanted to help other people who have experienced similar events. I have found my true calling ... I want to be part of the healing process of those who suffer from postpartum or other types of depression, post-traumatic stress or stress period. Just like me, I want them to overcome their inner struggles. Exercising and clean eating alone will not help in some cases, but these two elements can be a major factor in the successful healing process together with traditional or alternative therapies.
If you want to read more about why exercising can help cope with the grief over a loss of any kind and about other interesting topics, check out my blog.