Here is what inspired the name ‘PPDIsland’

Recently, I was thinking about the growth and progress of this blog, how it started. I started on a random domain name that I cannot even remember, after lots of persuasion to tell my story in the hopes that it would help another mom – thanks Ian for believing in me 🙂 – then I moved to my old website hosted on wordpress.com before finally getting on here. It has been an amazing journey – there are many days I wanted to give up really, like that time I had a depressive episode in April, and I was struggling with […]

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Family TV Interview on Postpartum Depression

On 18th October I made my way to Family Media Studios for my first ever interview on Postpartum Depression (PPD) as a survivor. To say I was not a bundle of nerves would be to put it lightly. I was anxious, largely because, while my blog is public, there’s a degree of vulnerability that comes along with your story aired on TV. I had already made up my mind; I was not going to back out. The interview was for a local TV show, Family Health. The crew working on the show were amazing to say the least, and that […]

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Broken 

This is such a candid post by Eve Kibare. It is a sober reminder that many people are silently struggling with depression. As she aptly puts it, “When your friend stops hanging out, visiting, showing up, picking up calls, secluding themselves from people, go an extra mile and just check up on them instead. Maybe they just need to find a reason to fight again. Show them the reason to fight again. Help a friend with depression. Hold their hand until they can walk on their own but never stop caring it can come back and it is amongst us.”

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My Nomination for The Liebster Award

The Liebster award is an award for bloggers by bloggers, and is therefore given on the internet. It is an award that allows bloggers to connect to the community. ‘liebster’ is a German word that means ‘sweet’ or ‘nice’. The awards were first given in 2011, and have since grown in popularity with the blogging community. If you would like to read more on the Liebster 2016 awards, check out this post by The Global Aussie. I was nominated by Alexandria, the beautiful lady who blogs about her travel experiences with such a personal touch (her latest adventures in Ecuador […]

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Love in unlikely quarters

A bouquet of roses, white roses perhaps? Because red is too mainstream, Decadent chocolate that melts in your mouth, Exotic getaway, somewhere where the horizon meets the waters creating the perfect sunset, A Michael Kors handbag, or a Daniel Wellington timepiece, or a sexy pair of Louboutin heels, or… For the longest time, these were the things in my list of the perfect Valentine gifts. Oh the days of my youth. And while there is nothing wrong with getting or giving these gifts, I learnt something big this past Valentines holiday. This post was birthed, in part, by a friend’s […]

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Holidays with my son

It is the holiday season. If there is one thing that makes this clear, it must be the sheer number of kids in the hoods, the many family functions, and the number of friends who are on leave. Admittedly, this is the second of all school holidays I am actually enjoying, living in the moment. My son started school in January this year. His first school holiday was in April. I became totally disoriented. While he had adapted to his school routine, the holidays disrupted this routine – the result? A confused and flustered kid, and that meant one thing […]

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This hard.

I have posted severally about healing through the haze of Postpartum Depression. Often I talk to those who read my blog, and I am a little astounded at their perception; the perception that everything is cake, strawberries and a foot massage. That happens severally, no doubt. But there are hard days. There are days tantrums escalate to the nth degree, and the little mammal turns from adorable to downright angry and horrid. In these moments, everything flies, everything near him, flies towards me. In retrospect, maybe he learnt it from me, when I was chest deep in the murky waters […]

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