I am a sufferer of anxiety and panic attacks. I am one of many millions in our country that suffers from this horrible affliction.
I know… its not cancer or Lou Gehrig’s disease or any other actual life threatening ailment, but it is one of the scariest things a person can feel. Rapid heart beats, trouble breathing, dizziness, and many other symptoms accompany the panic attack.
If you’ve ever had a panic attack or anxiety attack, then you know exactly where I’m coming from. If you’ve never experienced such a thing, consider yourself lucky, and have patience with the sufferer.
I don’t understand why this has to be a part of my life, but it is, and I have been trying to deal with it for 25 years. Sometimes the simplest tasks are the hardest things in the world. Yet I keep trying.
I continue to travel around the state of Michigan doing my book shows, but for the people that take that for granted, it’s a challenge for me every single time. For me, it’s much more than just driving down the road and setting up my space; it’s a battle within my mind.
This does not make me any less of a person. As a matter of fact, I would like to think that it’s actually making me stronger. It’s hard for me to believe that sometimes, but I have to hang onto something.
I meditate, do breathing exercises, and pray. I also go to therapy every week. I’m doing what I can to try to help myself feel better.
For all the anxiety and panic sufferers in this world, try not to give up hope. As painful as it is, you can and will get through it… every time!
I would like to hear from you if you suffer the same maladies. It helps to get it out and talk about it.
I’m not ashamed of myself, nor do I beat myself up over having this affl
iction. I simply try to take one step at a time and move forward through this life.
Hang in there, as this is not indicative of our true personalities.