“I’m probably just like you: I’m your average Jo Blogger! I’m a full-time Blogger at Life Over Laundry, Author and Virtual Assistant. I wasn’t always doing this though and it’s thanks to my mental health that I’m now doing the job I love and enjoying life to the fullest – all because a little girl came along and called me Mommy.
Three years ago, I was prepared to have a beautiful little lady placed into my arms and start a new chapter of my life.
It was all planned; my husband and I had been married for five years, were both in good jobs with a stable income and had just bought our “forever home”. Life was literally the epitome of your traditional young family, we even had a Volvo and dogs! What more could we want?
They suggested that Cognitive Behavioural Therapy might be suitable for me, and in conjunction with the newly prescribed medication, the monster started to die.
opportunity of the job. Sadly, within three months of starting, my brain hit the wall again and began to throw up some very unpleasant symptoms. I began to see things that weren’t there; little insects scurrying in the corners of my
eyes. I lost the ability to speak as eloquently as I once had and my emotions were a roller coaster from ecstatically happy to extremely sad in a matter of hours. It was awful! I also become to experience what I now know to be tactile
hallucinations – the feeling of things crawling on your skin that aren’t really there.
was known as the Early Intervention in Psychosis Team (EIP – how frightening is that title!) and it gave be the heebie-jeebies knowing that I was potentially really losing the plot! After a full psychological assessment and physical scans (to make sure there wasn’t something dodgy going on in my brain!) I was diagnosed with Stress Induced Psychosis.
all she saw was Mummy and Daddy just being together. I was treated with a change of medication and further counselling with a specialist mental health nurse who came to see me at home, and my husband and I talked about what we could do to manage the situation. My daughter was doing well, so no worries there, and the decision we made would change all of our lives for the better.
job because I was off sick within a matter of months of starting. I knew, as a manager in my previous job-life that my work would not support this situation for long. We decided that rather than have a dismissal on my work record that
it would be best all round if I stopped work for a while and concentrated on getting myself better. And boy; was it the best decision we ever made!
was good for her and that all parties were happy with this. It would give me time to concentrate on myself and allow me to experience the bad days when they came, without having to shield my daughter from them all the time. During this downtime, I turned to my creative side and started writing again. I had always been a secret writer; journals, poetry, short stories and the like and it felt like a natural thing to do as part of my recovery.
That was November 2016. Since then I have built a successful blog and all that goes with it and written my story in the hopes of helping other people who may have Postnatal Illness. The thing about it is that it doesn’t present in the same way and some women will simply never know they have it. Since writing my book I have been approached by women from all over the world speaking freely about their experiences and thanking me for being so frank about motherhood, adulting and losing the plot!
I could not be happier that my experience has helped other people.
for every minute of it. It was the hardest and greatest thing and has changed my family from the ground up. There was nothing left; we literally had to start-over, reassess and decide what it was we all really wanted. I’m happier
now than ever and have been medication free for about four months now. I was even brought on board as a volunteer by the EIP Team to recreate their leaflets and brochures about the service! My message for anyone who is experiencing anything remotely like this is to speak out because it’s okay to talk. For those around someone who they think might be ill; be there, be present and listen.”
Joelle is a full-time writer, blogger and, in her own words, an (un-certified) crazy person. She’s a wife, mum, ex public servant and charity worker with a tendency to hoard paperbacks. She is also a complete planner addict, organising fiend and general tidy-obsessive! The Yorkshire Pudding, was
born out of a life-long desire to write and help people. It adds a comedic twist to family safety & personal wellness. She has a published book entitled “WTF– The Real Story” that speaks frankly about mental health, and has received excellent reviews.