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Discovering PP after many years.

I will be brief I had PP in 1993 and 2000 it took me a long time to persuade my husband to have another child. I received a news letter from Jackie Benjamin back in 1993 which was my lifeline. I recently received three booklets through the post which I was just about to throw away ( thinking I have buried this) thank goodness I read them. The tears flowed to realise there are other people just like I was. I think to have a communication link is brilliant to heal and benefit people.

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Hi there and welcome to the APP forum!

It is so lovely to hear that you have found the APP literature so beneficial.

I had PP in 1988 and then no PP in 1993 when I had my second child.

I discovered APP's website and fantastically comprehensive support information just before this last Christmas. Until then I thought I was the only women to have gone through this terrifying experience.

Meeting & talking to other women who have 'been there' has been so cathartic and healing, words just can't describe.....so I am really happy to hear that you have also found them so beneficial.

All the best

X

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Hello Fritz12

Welcome ......this is a great space for support and understanding. I had PP in 1975 and 1981. It's very strange how we have been in denial for years, coping with life, then something triggers our memory. As you say, it's very emotional to realise we're not alone.

I found the brilliant APP team some years ago through a newspaper article. It was such a relief to find other mums who had similar experiences ....... which made such a difference as I had lots of unanswered questions at the time.

We are all here for each other and it's good to have so many virtual friends.

Take care.

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Thank you so much do you find being a volunteer has helped ?

All the best

Tina

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Thank you, really good to hear this.

All the best

Tina

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Thank you so much, lovely to hear from you I also thought I was the only person out there!

All the best

Tina

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Hi there, lovely to hear from you and so glad you found this forum and I understand those tears. I too thought I had buried my PP, putting it down to life's rich tapestry, but I guess it has always remained in the shadows of my mind.

It was quite by chance I found this site and was overwhelmed by finding others who had undergone similar experiences. For the first time ever, in the 33 years since PP I could actually 'talk' about it without shame or embarrassment. I agree it is a brilliant link and a wonderful opportunity to share experiences with those who have been there and really understand. All the best to you. Vee X

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Hello Fritz 12

Thanks for replying. I have to say that being a volunteer is a privilege as mums here can say how they really feel without fear of being judged. We are all just mums together who have been to hell and back and try to help if we can.

As volunteers we are very well supported by the APP team. The highlight for me was going to my first meeting to find out about what volunteering entailed. This was the first time I had met mums who had PP and although nervous I was so comfortable in their company as we exchanged our experiences. I have since been to events with some of the APP team who are always so welcoming.

It's so rewarding to 'be there' for any mums, for as long as they need our support.

Best wishes.

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Thank you for being so helpful and honest.

Best wishes

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