Katie Sluiter lives in Zeeland, Michigan with her husband and three young children. She holds a Masters Degree in English and teaches Language Arts to eighth and ninth graders. She blogs about being a teacher and mother at Sluiter Nation. You can also find her documenting her life on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
“My essay chronicles my first experience with postpartum depression and anxiety. It has been almost six years since my firstborn and those dark days of struggle and rage. I wish this story had the nice, neat ending of a woman who overcame and wiped the depression out of her life for good, but it doesn’t. I still struggle with the waves of mental illness. The difference now is that I know I am not alone and that there is help and support out there for me. If I could tell new moms just one thing, I would say that their health and well-being is just as important as that of their new baby. If something is wrong–they are over-exhausted, overwhelmingly sad, or inexplicably angry–they are not weird or wrong. And they are most definitely not alone. Reach out.”