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Is This My Beautiful Life? By Jessica Rowe

by Jacq_ (follow)
Writer, mum. Coffee lover @mammaknowssouth
Motherhood (1)      Mental Health (1)      Memoir (1)     

You may see the gorgeous Jessica Rowe on Channel Ten's Morning Show and perceive her to be bubbly and positive, with a contagious high-energy-radiating personality.
All of this is true.
What is also true is that she suffered severely of Postnatal Depression. Showing that this serious illness, has no barriers.
It preys on all personality types, even those that have never suffered from depression and who consider themselves permanently positive. Much like Jessica.

Jessica's Memoir, painfully portrays the immense struggle she went through, fighting this debilitating illness.

It tells of how desperately hard herself and husband, Peter, tried to have a baby. Eventually succeeding after numerous failed IVF procedures.

All whilst going through extremely extenuating circumstances with her Television career and employers. Not only at work, but hounded by the media daily, and receiving some horrendous public opinion. Even so far as receiving a typewriter written hate-letter in her home letterbox.

Just weeks after the birth of her long-awaited baby girl, she was fired. There were mixed-emotions for her with this event; for, as much as she loved her job, she wasn't ready to leave her baby yet.

There were legal proceedings that took a toll on her. It was also then that she realised - or admitted- that she was not coping. Although she was completely in love with her baby, she felt like she had failed at breastfeeding, she couldn't sleep, and little things became larger than life. She eventually sought help.

This is a powerful, raw and honest look into the life of someone, who on the surface- had everything. But in reality, was becoming undone.

It is extremely well written, humorous and heartbreaking at the same time. It is very courageous of someone whose life is already under the microscope, to be so open about her struggle.

This really is a must read, especially for new mums.

Available here. RRP $29.99

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