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By Brett Buchert, Co-founder & CEO, Me v PMDD
My welcome into womanhood brought the usual excitement and blood, but also a deep, unrelenting sadness, countless phobias, and intrusive thoughts about suicide. My PMDD arrived with puberty. I was 11.
At the time, I didn’t know it was PMDD, or even what PMDD was itself, so of course, I thought it was me. I thought I was irreparably broken in some way. I thought I had done something wrong that had made me like this. All the other girls my age and the teens I saw on TV could handle life without breaking apart in tears and panic so often like I did. I thought I was too weak to brave my ordinary world.
I’m crushed to look back on that little girl – so lost, so young, so wrong about who she actually was. PMDD filled her head with lies.
She was not weak. She was not broken. She had done nothing wrong.
She was sick. She had PMDD. She fought PMDD each month just to breathe in and breathe out, to keep breathing through the thoughts of suicide, and pain of depression, and fear of everything and nothing.
She was strong. So strong. She was…a Warrior. And she still is. I am.
We are all Warriors.
I believe that every woman with PMDD is a warrior because I know what we’re up against. I know what that demon that lurks in your head and heart and body is like. I know what he would do if you did not fight. I know he would tear us apart if we did not band together. Warriors are the only ones who are strong enough to face him, not broken little girls, or weak women – Warriors.
The only thing that separates who I thought I was from who I am is a choice – the choice to see myself as strong despite the condition that wants me to think I am not. We can all make that choice.
Why not be proud of that?
We’ve won battle after battle, even when we thought we wouldn’t make it. We’re brave and experienced fighters – the definition of Warriors. I’m proud to be a Warrior.
Wear your Warrior pride
Whether you’re raising awareness around town in your good weeks or burrowed in bed with bad thoughts, bad cramps, and a good book to keep you sane in your bad weeks, wear this shirt to remind you who you truly are: a Warrior.
- PMDD Warriors
- PMDD Warrior Supporters (moms, dads, boyfriends, girlfriends, best friends)
- Days/nights in
- Days/nights out
- Working out
- Getting worked up for no reason at all (it happens – dry your tears with this shirt, like a warrior)
Proceeds from the ‘Me v PMDD Warrior’ campaign will directly benefit our mission at Me v PMDD and a portion will be donated to the International Association for Premenstrual Disorders (IAPMD) to fund peer support and other life-saving programs.
Thank you for supporting our work at Me v PMDD and fighting this battle by our side.