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Author/advocate Marie Abanga and I belong to our own special Mutual Admiration Society! It constantly amazes me how we've forged our bond living on opposite sides of the world, but I'm not that surprised after "meeting" some of you who live continents away from Chez Harwood. Last night I cried reading a draft of this post that Marie emailed me; thank God they were happy tears! The immortal words of Wayne and Garth: "We're not worthy" (as said in the epic "Wayne's World") came to my mind while reading Marie's post. It feels wonderful to be appreciated by someone in this way. I suggest that this weekend (if you don't have time to write a tribute post of your own, although there's always the future. It's fun to do; I've written a few myself.) consider taking some time to spread some warm fuzzies someone else's way. Marie didn't know I had a particularly tough day when she sent me this draft. Her glowing compliments and appreciation went a long way in lifting me out of my own pity party. Gestures can be small to make a difference. Believe it or not, I got a simple "heart" on a tweet this morning from Postpartum Support International that made me feel great! (It made me so happy that I decided to join their organization!) Here's a lower-cost act of kindness: the other day when I pulled over on the highway to let a speedster pass me, he turned on his emergency lights to "thank" me right after he passed my car, and my blood pressure went down a bit. Sometimes, small moves like that can make more of a difference than you'd imagine. So, in the spirit of Merry Marie, I wish you all a good weekend and take care of yourselves. Let me know if you do any cool acts of kindness, even if they are teeny-tiny ones - sometimes those are the coolest ones of all. love, Dyane
Dyane’s memoir Birth of a New Brain – Healing from Postpartum Bipolar Disorder with a foreword by Dr. Walker Karraa (author of the acclaimed book Transformed by Postpartum Depression: Women’s Stories of Trauma and Growth) will be published by Post Hill Press in 2017.