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Green Grove
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   Posted 11/15/2008 1:50 PM (GMT -7)   
I went to the doc Thursday, 20 miles away, and did just fine on the way there and back (just used my relaxation techniques as needed:)  I am so happy considering just three weeks ago tomorrow, I was in the hospital for the worst panic attack I've ever had (and not leaving the house much for a few months). . . LOL   I'm glad I can look back at it and laugh now, cause like I told my doc, when it happened, I thought I was having a heart attack and it sure was not funny then. . . Anyway, since I've been released, I dusted of my Attacking Anxiety and Depression by Lucinda Bassett, and bought Panic Away, which deals with the "One Move Technique" (which is pretty much telling the attack to come on, because you are not afraid of it anymore. . . It can't hurt you, and you are not going to die), and I am feeling so much better now :)  I just thought I would share some positivity with everyone.  Thank you all for being here for me.  It has meant a lot :)
 
P.S.  I pasted this on the A/P forum too, but thought those of you not on there needed to hear this from me and receive my thanks :)


Much Love, Hugs, Peace & Comfort :)
Sam
 
God Bless Each & Every One Of You :)

Post Edited (Green Grove) : 11/15/2008 2:16:29 PM (GMT-7)


Sherrine
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   Posted 11/15/2008 2:14 PM (GMT -7)   
This IS great news!  I'm glad you have gotten control over the panic.  I did basically the same thing.  I knew I wasn't going to die so I was able to dismiss those feelings and get busy doing something constructive.
 
Anxiety can be sooo debilitating.  It's a  horrible feeling and you can "lose" your life over it.  So, congratulations, Sam!  I'm really proud of you!
 
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Green Grove
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   Posted 11/15/2008 4:43 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you Sherrine:) You just put a huge smile on my face :)
Much Love, Hugs, Peace & Comfort :)
Sam
 
God Bless Each & Every One Of You :)


Corrie_1
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   Posted 11/15/2008 5:38 PM (GMT -7)   
:) I'm SO happy for you :D

*happy*
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donnaeil
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   Posted 11/15/2008 6:03 PM (GMT -7)   
Good for you. Keep on keepin on.

donnaeil

Green Grove
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   Posted 11/15/2008 6:23 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you Corrie and Donnaeil :) You all are making my night brighter :)
Much Love, Hugs, Peace & Comfort :)
Sam
 
God Bless Each & Every One Of You :)


Statgeek
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   Posted 11/15/2008 11:45 PM (GMT -7)   
Yay Sam!!!!!!!  turn

Julie1014
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   Posted 11/16/2008 4:15 AM (GMT -7)   
Green Grove, that is WONDERFUL news! yeah    Blessings, Julie
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Marlee2
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   Posted 11/16/2008 8:34 AM (GMT -7)   
Sam, I can totally relate to what you are saying cause I have been there. I was determined also that anxiety was not going to take my freedom away. I fought it for years while driving and over came it.
 
I wanted to make a four hour trip to do some genealogy research and was determined to at least try. I left early one morning and I told my DH I didn't know how far I would get. I took a secondary road instead of the interstate that went through many little towns where I could stop if I had to. Sam, when I got down there and seen the motel I would be staying at I cried. I felt like I had climbed the tallest mountain in the world. I did it with xanax but I did it. Since, I have driven there many times by myself. No one knows what it is like to overcome something like that unless you have been there.
 
I also have Lucinda Bassett's tapes and after listening to her tape on panic attacks I was able to stop them. I must say I didn't do the work like your suppose to with them. I have not heard of the Panic Away.
 
I am proud of you and you have every reason to be proud of yourself. smilewinkgrin
 
I'm trying very hard to apply the same determination to fibro as I have with anxiety. They are probably neither ever going to be completely gone but they are not going to rule my life.
 
luv and hugs
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Julie1014
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   Posted 11/16/2008 12:57 PM (GMT -7)   
Marlee, you have such a wonderful, positive attitude. Did you do that drive all alone?
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Asacol 3 times a day, Remicade 10mg/kg every 4 weeks, Prednisone 12 mg, Miralax as needed, Prevacid 30mg, Vit B12, Slow-FE (Iron), Hydrocortisone enemas as needed
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Green Grove
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   Posted 11/16/2008 1:28 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Statgeek, Julie and Marlee :) You all are great :) Thanks for the story Marlee, it was a real inspiration :) Lucinda Bassett IS totally awesome, and the "Panic Away" program you can do a search on the internet and find it. It is a direct hands on approach (no nonsense:), and it worked wonders for me. I included this info for anyone that may need the push I did from coming out of the darkness into the light again :) And of course you all have helped so much too. I am very blessed :) Thanks!!!
Much Love, Hugs, Peace & Comfort :)
Sam
 
God Bless Each & Every One Of You :)


GamJill
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   Posted 11/16/2008 6:41 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi Sam-

If there is a story I can relate to - it is this one. I too suffered horrible anxiety in my early 20's and almost became housebound. This was 30 years ago and it still was not talked about openly. I did not talk to people about it because I thought that they would think I was "crazy" and even thought they would take my son away from me. It was pure torture! 

I knew I had to get professional help. I would drive 35 miles one way to get to my appts/counseling as they did not have any kind of help like this in the suburbs so I had to drive to a clinic in the city. On the freeway, over bridges, on elevators, you name it. I would have panic attack, after panic attack getting there and back.

I learned about "anxiety" and then they slowly had me start doing everything I was afraid to do- which was darn near everything! And once I found out I was not "crazy" (define crazy, hee-hee) I told my family and friends and ended up finding out my mother had it. And more and more people that I knew "came out"- and it ended up being a "good" thing. They were able to talk about it because I did.

That is great that you did your 20 mile trip and comfortably! It will get to a point where you will not even think about it - but for now, baby steps. Let us know how you are doing.

GamJill 

 


 
 
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Green Grove
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   Posted 11/17/2008 12:08 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks GamJill :) Everyone sharing their stories has made me very aware of how huge this problem is, but I could not imagine going through it during a time when it was "socially unacceptable." I do remember being younger and I had a few cousins that were depressed, and people were always talking in hushed/serious tones. . . I thought they were dying or something :) Not funny, but it is amazing how times and stigmas have changed. Take care.
Much Love, Hugs, Peace & Comfort :)
Sam
 
God Bless Each & Every One Of You :)

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