This Mom Shared The Harsh Reality Of Parenting With Depression – And She Didn’t Pull Any Punches

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Image: Facebook/Cierra Lyn Fortner

Cierra Fortner was in Walmart with her two kids when a cashier made a throwaway comment about her family. What the stranger said affected Fortner so much that she went home and posted her story on Facebook. She was soon a viral sensation.

Image: Facebook/Brett Micheal Fortner

Fortner is a mom from Oak Grove, Missouri. She and her husband, Brett, are parents to two kids already, and soon they will add a set of twins to the family. From the outside, their life may look idyllic, but the reality tells a different story.

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Image: Facebook/Cierra Lyn Fortner

In 2010 Fortner had a particularly tough time. She lost her mom to cancer and started attending counseling sessions to help her through it. Fortner was suffering with both depression and anxiety, and then in 2011, she fell pregnant with the couple’s first child.

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