I got some mail from a woman I'll call Penny. That's not her name, in real life, but it's her name in this story. Penny told me, in this email, that she had become pregnant at an early age, but that a problem had developed after she gave birth that caused her emotional distress. Now most people have heard of postpartum depression, and there's plenty of media attention given to that. But there are other kinds of emotional problems too. This story is about one of those situations that the media doesn't talk about.
I tried to email Penny, to let her know I had written this, but the mail came back undeliverable. So I can only hope she's still out there, and reads this tribute. I'd like to thank her for sharing her story with me, and letting me share some of it with you.