My mental illnesses are diseases, just like my cancer, and need to be treated in a similar way. If I, myself, can't share my story then it indicates that I also have stigma so I discuss my mental health issues openly just like I do anything else. I have found that when I share my story, I have an impact.
Most births don't have complications but some do, and it is unfortunate when women feel they or their births are failures for failing to meet their preconceived notions of success. Women should strive for a birth that is manageable and meaningful, but without a sense of entitlement that it must be fast, painless, and stoic.
After more than a decade of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the rate soldiers returning home suffering from PTSD has skyrocketed. A study released last year by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) showed that 30 percent of the soldiers who have been treated since September 11, 2001 suffer from PTSD.