Cierra's Inspiring Story
Missouri mother Cierra Lyn Fortner has been receiving an overwhelming amount of positive feedback after sharing her story to Facebook on January 20th— a post that has since been shared over 95,000 times.
After an encounter in Walmart, Cierra felt compelled to open up about her life at home versus her life on the outside. She writes about her experiences with depression and anxiety and how her struggle has affected her ability to be a good mother to her children. Cierra wants all mothers to know that they are not alone in their struggles. Check out the gut-wrenching story.
Insides and Outsides
Cierra began her post by recalling an encounter with a Walmart cashier. The cashier said that her children always looked adorable and that she seemed to be very put together.
This really made Cierra think: it’s easy to compare your outsides to everyone else’s outsides. Sometimes people seem completely intact, while inside they have fallen apart. Cierra felt that she needed to share her story in the hopes that it would help mothers who are going through hard times.
Cierra continues on Facebook: “I battle a personality disorder everyday with anxiety and depression mixed and I’m a two time suicide survivor… I can’t always get myself up off the couch to feed them anything more than frozen pizza and cereal…my son is late for school 3 out of 4 days because I regularly forget what day and time it is, despite the toddler size calendar in my kitchen.”
She also notes that sometimes she loses it, locking herself in the bathroom to cry.
Cierra revealed to The Huffington Post that she began to battle depression and anxiety when her mother died in 2010. Then, when her son was born in 2011, she suffered from postpartum depression.
“After having him, I had my first suicide attempt as … postpartum depression was added in and I had an extremely rough time with it. I wasn’t diagnosed with the personality disorder until my second suicide attempt in April of 2014,” Cierra said.