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Howlyncat
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   Posted 1/15/2008 8:40 AM (GMT -7)   
yeah  Good Morning all
 
  I see so many new members here lately thought it would be nice to add your name here if you want and a lil something about yourself..........
 
 My name is Lyn and I live in Ontario Canada,Have one teen daughter at home a son age 33 will be 34 in October and 2 GK .......
  I Have A/P, Crohns, Pyoderma Gangrenosum and a few other med issues but I live each day to the fullest
  I still know how to love and laugh have a good time thru it all
 
tongue      This community has been a real friend to me and many on here I cherish and are family and always will be there is something about being able to bare your soul and not be judged ....that is a real support for all that ails you IMHO
 Please check out Resources and know the rules and guidelines of HW...Look back on back pages of older threads there may be something there to help you out or that you really relate too
Know you are not alone and we are all in the same fight against this DD
 
 HW has given me so much over the yrs and I hope it does you as well...
Please feel free to intro yourself and where you are from.......IF you care too only.........
 
devil  B seeing ya around the board
 Lyn
 


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stkitt
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   Posted 1/15/2008 9:14 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi,

I am Kitt and I volunteered to moderate this forum as the topic is close to my heart. I am a retired RN, 26 years working in ER/ICU and then as the Nurse Manager of Emergency Services and Respiratory Care. My husband and I have 4 children, one of our boys was killed in a car crash in 1990.

I have A & P and Depression and was first dx in 1982 so I know this disorder well.

I joined HW after being with a strictly Mental Health site as a moderator for 10 months. I felt I needed to branch out and belong to a group that covered medical and mental health issues. The people here have become family to me. 

I have always been a care giver but have learned to take care of me now so I have no more guilt over doing something just for me.

I believe I have a good sense of humor and I love to help others. Team work is very important to me. I am proud to be a part of this forum.

I am glad to be here. I am truly happy you have joined us.

Kitt


 
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mammaMia
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   Posted 1/15/2008 10:09 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi All,

I am Mia. I now live in Idaho and have for a few years now. I live in the mountains and have land to wonder around on. It is peaceful. I have 4 grown children and 4 grandchildren. WOW! I am a Granny! They are all on their own but one who has been ill for a few years now.

Plus, rescue dogs and a couple of cats that seemed some how to find their way here to my home. Have a few rescue horses and even a rescue goat. I have A&P and depression, plus GRED and like many some other health issues thrown in the mix. Thought I had the A&P under control but a couple of months ago it decided to play catch up and hit me hard.

I am so glad I have found this community. Is nice to have others to share things with and ones that understand since they are going through or have gone through the something. I had found it is hard to try to talk to others that just have never been through the A&P and/or depression. They just dont seem to get it. So many nice people here.

still I love the outdoors, and between it all I like to laugh and share with others happy times.

Hope to meet more people here. Very kind and warm hearts in this forum.

I wish all good health!

Mia

lou-lu
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   Posted 1/15/2008 10:22 AM (GMT -7)   

Nice thread Lyn.  I'm lulu and I now live in Ontario Canada after moving here two months ago from Australia to be with my boyfriend. My anxiety and panic attacks started about a year ago and then, with meds, improved a lot and I thought that was that, it's in the past.  Then I made this big move and my anxiety has come back to such a terrifying extent that I just don't know what to do.  Luckily, I finally found a doc here yesterday who was willing to give me a prescription so I'm really hoping that there will be some relief in the near future.  I've also started the online CBT which I hope will be helpful too.

I'm glad to have found somewhere like this where everyone seems so genuinely caring and eager to offer help and advice.  Looking forward to meeting you all!

lulu


stkitt
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   Posted 1/15/2008 11:15 AM (GMT -7)   

Thanks mia and lulu. It is so nice to get to know you.  I look forward to getting to visit with you more here in A & P


 
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Howlyncat
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   Posted 1/16/2008 5:41 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey lulu where about are you at I am near London Ontario
Thanks for sharing too

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Howlyncat
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   Posted 1/16/2008 6:01 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Mia for sharing..it helps to get to know ppl a bit better ya know

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lou-lu
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   Posted 1/16/2008 3:39 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey Lyn, I'm in good old T.O... I have a lot of friends down your way, right by the border so I know that spot pretty well.  Good to meet ya!  And you too, Mia and Kitt :)

KalEl
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   Posted 1/17/2008 3:37 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello cool thread. I live in Washington State. I work construction. When I'm not working, I play guitar, music is my main hobby. I had a bout with anxiety/panic about 3 years ago and thought I was over it, but these last 3 months have been excruciating and am now in therapy and on medication, and it seems to be working a little bit. I have been diagnosed with General Anxiety Disorder and depression. Great to meet all of you!

Birunji
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   Posted 1/17/2008 9:08 AM (GMT -7)   
I found my way over here from the Ulcerative Colitis forum. I'm going to write a separate post, but since I'm new, I figured I'd introduce myself first.

My name is Erin and I live in Boston. I've been dealing with depression and anxiety/OCD for about 7 years now. My main problems are recurring major depression, constant anxiety, and compulsive skin picking/trichtillomania (sometimes considered OCD spectrum disorders, hence the diagnosis). I'm also a bit of an emotional masochist (even my therapist says so) and am currently working on being assertive and expressing anger. I've been in and out of therapy with little lasting effects, including an "expert" therapist/hypnotherapist for skin picking. Sometimes I think I would benefit from some kind of therapy boot camp.

Anyway, I work in higher education but my passion is for writing and the arts. I enjoy painting, dancing, watching movies, learning about anything/everything, and practicing yoga.
Erin, 25

Dx with left-sided UC June 2007
Flaring since June 2007
Meds: Asacol 400 mg x 9; Prednisone 20 mg (since 01/09/08)
Supplements: Iron, Multivitamin, Fish Oil & Probiotic Yogurt
 
Dx with Depression, GAD, and OCD in 2001
Meds: Paxil Lexapro Zoloft 100 mg
Currently in therapy


mammaMia
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   Posted 1/17/2008 10:21 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey!

Good to meet all of you as well. Hope to get to know you more too. Is nice to find a place where there are others that know what one is going through. Plus to be able to say how we feel the ups and downs and have others that understand what one is going through is so important and does not make one feel like they are sitting out there all alone.

You all have made me feel better just to know you are here.

You all take good care and much health to each one of you.

Mia

Sadsong
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   Posted 1/18/2008 3:00 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi all,

It's really great to be here!  I feel like I'm constantly supported by a wonderful group of people who truly care about me!  Thanks Lyn and Kitt!  :)  A little bit about me, I've struggled on and off with depression since I was 16 and I was recently diagnosed with anxiety about a year ago.  After 17 years, I'm beginning to get a true handle on my depression.  (I'm 33 years old now.)  I live in New England, but grew up in upstate NY.  I love hiking, kayaking, watching the clouds drift by on a sunny day, eating a good meal, reading a good book, and laughing out loud!  :)  I've been on 20 mg of Celexa for about six months now and it's really turned my life around.  I also have seasonal affective disorder, so I sit in front of a light box every morning.  I'm gradually incorporating cognitive therapy techniques to change my patterns of thinking so I don't get too stressed out or depressed and I've really been focused on eating better, so that's been a huge help too!  I'm also beginning to get back into a exercise routine.  I really enjoy Yoga and just started going back to the gym for cardio. :)  I work in the environmental field, which I love and have my Masters in Science.  Oh, and I'm told that I'm smart, cute, and a really hard worker!  (Just not by all of the same people of course!)  :)      


Howlyncat
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   Posted 1/18/2008 7:40 AM (GMT -7)   
Toronto Is a beautiful and BUSY city lived there a few yrs back .well about 18 yrs ago .........loved it and the hussle and bustle and Chinatown for sure


I amso glad you are all coming and sharing here this is a great way to get to know your family isnt it ??
I do hope as time goes on more of you will open up and tell us more about yourselves

I enjoy the clouds too Sadsong ...and I also love watching them float by .now kayaking thats a wee bit out there for me .yet anyways lol
YOU have a great sense of HA ha as well

Thanks for posting all

Welcome to the a/p forum Erin.....and good health to you as well Mommamia......

Luvs
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enufworry
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   Posted 1/19/2008 12:51 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi all,  I would like to introduce myself.  I have been evesdropping for awhile now and thought I would make myself known a little.  I have been anxious and depressed as far back as I can remember.  Most of the focus of my anxiety is around health issues.  I was diagnosed with Mitral Valve Prolapse/Dysautonomia, GERD and Fibromyalgia (amongst other things) several years ago.  All of which have aches, pains and scary symptoms galore.  I used to practically live in the ER with "heart symptoms".  I drive my Dr. crazy with my fears and need to be tested and reassured.  I think she has finally gotten sick of me.  I was on Prozac years ago (no longer) and have tried other things since then that have not worked so well, especially on my anxiety.  Recently, I started getting weird allergic reactions to certain foods and some meds.  So now I'm scared to take medications.  I have been in therapy for years on and off and know that some of these fears come from early childhood circumstances---but I'm prety SICK of being scared much of the time.  I have more recently been doing more cognative therapy stuff----but it's hard to convince my self that I'm not having a heart attack or someother dread disease when I have some kind of pain or something all the time. I am so glad that you are all here---this is not the kind of stuff that people usually just chat about.  Anyway, thanks for listening---I'll be back

stkitt
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   Posted 1/19/2008 12:30 PM (GMT -7)   

Good Morning America and the whole world.............

When my daughter went to Disney World she would call me at 0630 every monring and say Good Morning , Have a Happy Sunny Day here in the Kingdom. It made me smile, so you will find I try to use humor as part of the combat against anxiety.

enufworry, welcome and thank you for your intro. Let's get you over feeling scared much of the time. Post your fears here and let us help you.

Sadsong, you are gaining strength and wisdom everyday and your posts are delightful. You have a good attitude, hang onto it hun, it will take you far.

Erin, Welcome! I met you in one of the other forums and you are a work in progress sweetie. Never give up and I like the idea of boot camp.  If you find one let me know and I will join you.

KalEL Welcome, glad you like our forum. Washington State, beautiful country. I have a son in Oregon. Thank you for sharing yourself with us. Very glad to have you as part of the A & P Family.

You guys are the best.


 
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LadySaltine
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   Posted 1/20/2008 4:01 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi I'm from NJ 24/f. I was diagnosed with depression and panic disorder about 4 years ago and so far it has been managed (sort of) with meds... but now I lost my insurance because my mother and Dr. don't think I'm sick and I'm not sure what to do with it.

I feel like the depression and anxiety have taken away my whole life. I haven't done anything in all this time... I don't know how to get a job or a license... so... that's what I'm here for.

stkitt
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   Posted 1/20/2008 12:03 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Lady and welcome.  Thank you for sharing with us and trust you have come to the best site on the web to find support and understanding. Please browse the threads and feel comfortable posting. ((((((((HUGS))))))))
 
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Howlyncat
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   Posted 1/20/2008 1:39 PM (GMT -7)   
It is great to see all the posts and intros
I am sure glad to have you in the " family"
This is the place to be for sure when times get tough ya know
One thing I do know about ap'ers is they are strong and very intelligent

Keep up the great work all and I do hope more will post their story and let us get to know you and your stories

Be well

Luvs
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Lilly2
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   Posted 1/20/2008 6:42 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Lyn :) long time no see! I have been on and off around here the last few months...I keep forgetting to come back though !

stkitt
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   Posted 1/20/2008 7:46 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello Lilly2
This is Kitt, nice to meet you and thanks for stopping in to say hello.  Please stick with us.

 
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enufworry
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   Posted 1/20/2008 11:18 PM (GMT -7)   

Thanks  Kitt for your welcome---

You suggested that I share my fears---so here's one.

I'm sitting in my living room, it's about 9:00 pm, nothing too dramatic is happening and I start to feel pain in my chest. In my upper arms and if I think about it, my neck and right jaw.  I don't think I'm thinking about anything stressful and I just start feeling this stuff.  I tell myself that I'm ok, I remind myself that I have had every test in the universe (ekgs, stress test with and without dye, echo card and ct scan) and all of course---negative,  But, I have this pain---so I take some asprin---just in case.  Now its 10:00 and I still have the pain and I'm trying not to pay too much attention to it and do other things.  I know that I have MVP and GERD and Fibro and that all of these things COULD be causing this weird pain---BUT what if THIS time it's REALLY my heart or something bad and I've just ignored it.  I have spent years running to the ER and I'm sick of that so I'm sitting here talking to myself and trying to just finish up what I'm doing and not freak myself out and eventually go to bed.  If I really think, I guess that I was having a "stressful" conversation with a friend at 6:30----but it was a great conversation and it ended and all was good.  Is it the two gulps of cold coffee (decaf) I had with dinner?  And so it goes....

Does this make any sense? mad sad


stkitt
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   Posted 1/21/2008 9:47 AM (GMT -7)   

Yes it makes lots of sense and many of our members would agree they do the very same thing.

Your on the merry-go-round and your trying to fix something but your don't know what is wrong so you run through the gambit and the anxiety just clings on.  People can wake up with anxiety.  I know I have just woke up and am not even out of bed and the anxiety just attacks and I am crying I am so anxious.  I will be telling myself how can you be anxious when you just woke up?

Try not to work so hard on figuring out what every unusual pain is caused from  You have a clear bill of health re your heart and tell yourself this and then try some of the relaxation techiniques.

Have you ever done the CBT therapy.  Here is the best online site for CBT.

MoodGYM  http://moodgym.anu.edu.au/

Take care and feel free to start your own separate thread so everyone finds your posts.

Gentle Hugs


 
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enufworry
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   Posted 1/21/2008 10:01 AM (GMT -7)   

Good morning Kitt,

Thanks so much.  I sure know the feeling of just waking up with my anxious brain going and those thoughts that won't quit.  Where the heck does it come from? :-)    I will start writing things as they come up---good idea.   Thanks for the CBT link thingy I have read a lot about it here, but haven't tried it.  I will look it up.  Thanks again and have a peaceful day. :-)


Howlyncat
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   Posted 1/21/2008 5:52 PM (GMT -7)   
I calls it " Stinking Thinking"
CBT will help with that
And yes it all makes sense
Thanks for sharing and having the TRUST in us to help you thru this all
Keep posting and let us show you what this forum is all about

LILLY....Long time no see is right
Glad to see you posting and dont forget to come on back now ya hear..........
How are ya otherwise
be well my friend and keep in touch
Luvs
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bluejelli
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   Posted 1/22/2008 11:06 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello, I don't post here very much, But I read often. I 'am 37 yrs old and live in Va. I have had anxiety since I was around 10-11. I have had OCD since I was 14.  I have had periods in my life that were A/P free with freedon to come and go as I pleased (oh how I long for them days). But as I have had it back now since 2004 the time without it has lessened. I do believe I have lived more with it now, than without. I also have Meniers that came on at the same age. I started counseling in June 07. I would say that has not done very much for me. Everything I 'am learning in that, I had already learned myself, from reading all the self help books. Although she is great to vent with. I was for the most part home bound again from 2003-2006. I still have my days that I cannot get out of the door. Most of them are when it's that time of the month. That for me is a rough time. It's like it kicks into full gear then mad . Now I 'am able to get out, but not without someone with me. Which is usually my husband.  I believe mine was brought back to the surface from prolonged stress (that's a whole story on it's own) lol.  I hope one day We can all have the freedoms that we so much desire. I know it can be done. I 've done it. But I think it was much much easier when I was younger. Oh and I never had the health anxiety until about 2 yrs ago,when I was bit by a spider on my foot.  Now anytime I get any kind of bite or itch I freak out and my anxiety shoots through the roof sad .  So I guess that's my short story.
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