Motherhood is difficult. Living with a chronic illness is difficult. Sometimes doing both at the same time feels downright impossible! But while there are some great resources for moms and a growing number of fantastic resources for patients, there are very few resources out there addressing the unique challenges faced by moms who are also living with chronic illnesses. But that's about to change!
I am extremely excited to announce that I've been selected as one of four recipients to receive a grant from the inaugural HealtheVoices Impact Fund! The funds I receive will allow me to undertake a project I've been dreaming about for quite a while! Here's a brief description of my project from the award press release:
Mamas Facing Forward (Mariah Leach, Louisville, CO) - Mamas Facing Forward will be a "one-stop-shop" website dedicated to women living with chronic illnesses who are or intend to be mothers. While the private Facebook group of the same name has grown and been a valuable resource and community for these women, a website will help organize the topics that are discussed, generate new resources where gaps exist, and serve as a comprehensive foundation for much-needed information.
I must admit it seems more than a little crazy to take on this project with baby number three on the way right in the middle of it, but honestly that just reaffirms the need for a resource like this! So this page will serve as a place holder while I gather and organize existing resources, design the real Mamas Facing Forward website, identify gaps where resources are needed, generate material to fill the gaps, figure out the best ways to get the word out to other moms who could benefit...and give birth to my baby girl!
In the meantime, if you're a mom living with a chronic illness or would maybe like to become one someday, please feel free to join the discussions in our private Facebook group!