I have tried so hard to do my best by Graham
It hasn’t always been easy. Especially when he was an infant, the realization that almost every aspect of his day-to-day health and well-being was under my control was overwhelming.
But with love in my heart and a terrifying sense of responsibility on my shoulders, I dug in and vowed to consistently do the right thing for him.
Mothers who place their children for adoption are often overlooked in many areas. However, one area I think that we need to be paying special attention to is how post-partum depression is effecting the lives of these new birth mothers. Often times the emotional ups and downs are written off as a normal part of the grieving process that follows the relinquishment of a child. While this may be true in some case, it's not the case for some women.
I’ve written a lot before about my bouts with depression and eating disorders . I have spent a lot of my adult life trying to understand the depression and anxiety of my childhood and learning how to stave it off when it knocks at the door now.
Alexandra Samuel of Social Signal has an excellent post about of how to use your Twitter and Facebook status messages to change the world, one tweet at a time. In the nonprofit sector, many people work long, hard hours on behalf of larger movement. Alexandra asks, "What can we do in between those milestones to track our progress, boost our morale, build community, and celebrate our successes?"
It amazes me that even in the year 2007, we, as a society, are still "not speaking" about Rape/Sexual Assault/Child Abuse as if it remains a taboo topic! We women as a whole have fallen into the unstated mentality that if we don't speak of it, or if we pretend it doesn't exist, it will never affect us or a beloved family or friend.
According to RAINN, the nation's largest Anti-Sexual Assault association:
*Every 2 minutes, in America, someone is sexually assaulted.
*1 in 6 American women are victims of sexual assault, and 1 in 33 men!
At the Clinton Global Initiative, I got into a conversation with a reporter (from a big U.S. media outlet) about the statistics on maternal health, a recurring topic of the three day event – that more than 500,000 women die from pregnancy or childbirth complications every year -- and he said, "Isn't that a form of population control that the world needs?"
Here's some of what's happening today at the Clinton Global Initiative ...
10:03 - They've just announced the names of all the heads of state who are here today (52 of them), representing 72 countries.
Former President Clinton just came on stage. "More than 600 commitments have been made. 20 mllion tons of greenhouse gases avoided, 3 million more micor-entrepreneurs have accessed capital."
BlogHers Act has some great things in the works for our year-long campaign to make a difference in maternal health around the globe. We will have an announcement on our first actions very soon. In the meantime, following are some of the key statistics on the issue. As you can see, this is just the tip of the iceberg with lots of potential to help, and many other project areas we can and will take on. Because the BlogHers are on board, you know it will be a big, effective, action-oriented, productive, inspiring year!
The AWESOME bloggers of BlogHers Act Canada have kicked off their 12-month initiative to make a difference on their chosen issue - the environment. This month their theme is "less packaging."
From the site: