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Exhilarating Release

Photo taken by contributor Thirdeyemom, who experienced severe postpartum depression after the birth of her first child. It was a terrifying, isolating experience for her, which included terrible insomnia and hallucinations. Thankfully with the help of doctors and family, one week after her son’s first birthday she was able to board a plane to South Africa, resuming her love of travel. Through traveling, writing, and photography she began to see the beauty of the world again.

About this photo: “I took this picture on top of the bowl and near the Continental Divide in Colorado. Skiing is one of the most liberating sports of all. I love to scream down the hill as fast as my body is able and feel as free as can be. What an exhilarating feeling!”

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8 comments on “Exhilarating Release

  1. hrosez
    March 6, 2013

    Wow, what a wonderful view!

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  2. drizzlebat
    March 7, 2013

    Great picture.

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  3. autisticaplanet
    March 8, 2013

    I like the sunburst to the upper right of the photo. I just got reacquainted with sledding after 20 years, and it is exhilarating barreling down a steep hill. I know about insane insomnia as I experienced this while taking neurontin 7 years ago. I wouldn’t be here w/o my mom.

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  4. quantumphysica
    March 13, 2013

    Skiing is indeed an exhilarating and utterly amazing sport… I’ve been on a skiing trip lately and I can honestly say it was the best week of my life since my diagnosis.
    Also, it’s a beautiful photo, it captures very well the beauty of the mountains.
    Wish you all the best!
    I hope you’ll always keep traveling and trying new things, that’s what keeps us alive…

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  5. SnapInTime
    March 16, 2013

    Beautiful! I can relate to what you went through after the birth if your oldest. I will never forget what I experienced after my first was born nearly 16 yrs ago. I didn’t know how to get the help I needed back then. I’m so glad you’ve regained your love of travel and appreciation for the beauty around you again. 🙂

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