Then “Xanax Made Me a Better Mom” – a Parenting Magazine article I am in – got picked up by CNN.
And all of a sudden, a whole lot more people were reading my blog.
Which led to some opportunities to take my message to a national stage – and the best one was to be interviewed by a woman I’ve always admired: Katie Couric.
It may sound like a no-brainer. I mean, being interviewed by KATIE COURIC? Who would pass that up, other than maybe Sarah Palin?
But it wasn’t an easy decision for me.
I have always flown under the radar here at Honest Mom. And I’ve been comfortable writing in relative obscurity. Being unknown is safe – and what I originally wanted.
But as I was debating the pros and cons with the Hubs, it dawned on me…
My whole goal in writing about depression is to help lift the stigma, while helping other moms feel less alone in their battles.
Yes, it’s nerve-wracking, putting my face out there.
Yes, it’s scary to open myself up to a larger audience, and therefore more potential criticism.
But speaking with Katie was a huge opportunity to reach even more struggling moms and help them to know they’re not alone – and also educate the general public about depression. As I wrote in this post:
I want to grab a megaphone and let everyone out there know that regular, everyday moms like me have depression, work hard to successfully manage it, and live happy, normal lives.
Katie’s show presented that megaphone. So I took it.
On Tuesday, March 5, I’ll be appearing on Katie Couric’s show in an episode called “Mommy’s Little Helper.” The show examines both the negative and positive ways moms deal with stress, anxiety, and depression. And in it, I do a one-to-one interview with Katie on moms, depression, and medications.
Here’s a clip (and it sounds super-dramatic. One part of the show is, but my part is a very honest and frank discussion)…
Excuse me while I finally squee with excited and nervous glee. Squeeeeeee!
Now, let me answer some questions that I’d want to know if someone I knew was going on a national TV show. You know, the really pressing ones:
Is Katie as nice as she seems? Yes. Completely. She was professional, kind, and adorable, all at the same time. And she’s really funny! Katie cracked jokes with her audience between taping and had everyone laughing. And I could tell she is truly interested in helping women with depression. I was so thrilled to talk with her!
Was I nervous? Um, yeah. Totally. I can’t even remember what I said when Katie and I talked. So hopefully I won’t look like an idiot on the show.
Did they do my hair and makeup? Yep. My hair doesn’t normally look like it does on the show. It’s much frizzer and curlier. And holy makeup – wow, I had a lot on!
Is the green room really green? Yes! And it’s pretty cool, too. They had food and stuff out, but I was too nervous to eat.
Was anyone famous there? No major celebrities, nope. Except, you know, KATIE.
Did anything go wrong? Ha. Yes. Everything went wrong the day I traveled to NYC. I had to check my bag because of an expensive hair product (that turns out, I didn’t even need). My flight sat on the runway for over an hour. My luggage got lost – the bag WITH MY DRESS IN IT that I should have never checked in to begin with. I sat at LaGuardia for hours waiting for it to show up. Seriously, I was wondering if fate was telling me not to go. It was a stressful day. But the day of the show … well, it went perfectly. Thank God!
Did any of my friends have a strange premonition about all this happening? Funny you should ask. Anna at My Life in Kids did. But I’ll let her tell that story herself.
Would you do it all again? Ask me after the show airs. I am so curious to see what I looked like on camera and if I sounded ridiculous. If I did okay – then yes! If not, then I will commence hiding out from all things media forevermore.
So set your DVR for the “Katie” show on ABC, Tuesday, March 5, spread the word, and please think happy thoughts for me! I’ll need all the good vibes I can get.
PS: “Katie” runs is on at 3pm in my area, but airs at different times in other markets – so check your listings! Find “Katie” on a station near you by entering your zip code HERE.
PPS: I may or may not be hyperventilating a little bit right now.