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   Posted 1/16/2009 3:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Yep its early here in the land of Aus, so its still friday for most of you. todays question:
"How has having AP helped shape your character/personality?"
I believe that it has made me stronger, more patient. empathetic. aware of the needs of others, sensitive to the suffering of others, whether it be a physical or emotional illness. its made me stubborn- i take on challenges and dont let them beat me. its made me a good listener. Made me more assertive.
However, i do tend to withdraw when im not coping, i can be a touch paranoid and i can be overly sensitive to peoples remarks. i have a temper, but i think that has always been there. i get angry sometimes. it has destroyed the remnants of my self esteem and impacted on my once hectic social life.
These are good and bad things. How about you?
Maz XX

            'He heals the broken hearted and binds up their wounds.' (Psalm 147:3)                  
Panic Disorder, Agoraphobia, CFS, Fibromyalgia, Chronic Sinusitis, TMJ disorder, Endometriosis, PCOS, Chronic E.N.T and Upper respiratory tract infections, Reactive Arthritis, GERD,  IBS, Glandular fever, Migraines, Anemia, Chemical/Noise/Light sensitivity, Trichotilomania, PTSD, Seasonal Mood  Disorder, OCD, Benign Vertigo,  Impaired immune system. Tachycardia, tinnitus, low clotting factor= bruising. Tendonitis, Bursitis.
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Multiple surgeries- I bear the scars of my poor physical health.
Age:28. AP first DX @ 10. Fibro etc DX @14. Proud Aussie.

Post Edited (Mazfire) : 1/17/2009 11:27:48 AM (GMT-7)

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   Posted 1/16/2009 3:43 PM (GMT -6)   
I have a quieter personality now. I am more timid about life. I think without the A/P I would be taking life by the horns. But I'm more reluctant.
Anxiety Disorder/Mitral Valve Prolapse
Prozac and Carvedilol

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   Posted 1/16/2009 6:10 PM (GMT -6)   
Considering it's pretty much non-existent at the moment, it really doesn't have much of any effect... But back when I was a kid, I was afraid of... pretty much everything...

Room full of dolls, the sound of the toilet flushing, going down a slide, riding in a car and going down a hill or over a bridge...

I'm glad that I've gotten over most of these fears (dolls still freak me out, though)
I think I am being picked on by life, sometimes. But's that okay. Life and I are good buddies... I know life doesn't mean no harm. It just is the way it is. I can accept that.

Georgie Girl
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   Posted 1/16/2009 6:29 PM (GMT -6)   
Probably in too many ways to mention.  But when I was desperately anxious last spring and I couldn't get anyone to understand how sick I was, I had the thought that I'd like to advocate for the mentally ill in some way.  I can't tell you what a relief it was when someone finally said, You're in bad shape, we're admitting you to the hospital.  I would like to give that relief to those who suffer this horrible condition and similar ones. 

Georgie Girl
Bipolar, Anxiety Disorder, Rheumatoid Arthritis

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   Posted 1/16/2009 7:37 PM (GMT -6)   
I believe it has made me much more in tune with life in general.  I have always been a compassionate person but it has made me much more so now.  I tend to care more about others and how they are doing than myself cause it's easier for me to focus on others than having to deal with my issues, but in general by nature I always have cared more about others and put myself last.  I think it has made me a stronger person as well - more of a fighter I guess you'd say.  Also, as Maz said, I am a much better listener.  On the down side it has also made me withdraw into myself more often and keep things bottled up and I also tend to get more easily angered than I used to.  Thank goodness for CBT and that it is helping me in so many aspects.


Anxiety 2007; IBS 2004; Chronic Hives 2002.  Medications:  Allegra, Zantac, Xanax, Darvocet.

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   Posted 1/16/2009 7:44 PM (GMT -6)   
like aries, i'd say it has made me more timid, but it has also made me slow down and take each moment one at a time. i am also now far less likely to judge the actions and behaviors of other people because i know all too well that people can be going through really difficult things without anyone else knowing about it.
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   Posted 1/17/2009 12:40 PM (GMT -6)   

Good Morning Maz, another great question.

My own pain and experiences are what make me who I am today, and for me to bring some positive meaning to them, I need to share them. Even if my story helps just one person, it will be worth it. So here I am  a member of this wonderful family that supports me as well as I support each of the family members.



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   Posted 1/17/2009 4:14 PM (GMT -6)   
...Having this D Disorder has made me a survivor
It has also made me alot stronger I think and when times get tough I am in the white uniform and can put all a/p out of myself and get on with the task

I also do have care and empathise more with ppl that are dealing with the many many aspects of anxiety ........

Good question



YES.....Anxiety is hell but it does IMHO build character and strong individuals smilewinkgrin

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Post Edited (Howlyncat) : 1/17/2009 5:39:26 PM (GMT-7)

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   Posted 1/17/2009 6:25 PM (GMT -6)   

I have definitely been changed, for the better and the worse.  Better because I'm more compassionate and understanding of other people, I'm much more patient and feel stronger within myself.  Most importantly, I've got a much deeper faith and that has made a tremendous difference in my life. 

For the worse, I'm far less social, don't have any friends and stay to myself alot more.  I am starting school on Wed., so maybe I'll become a bit more social during class...we'll see.


Garen...I hope this will make you smile...I am the exact same way with video games, some of them make me way to anxious and I can no longer play the smile part...I am a 42 year old woman and quite addicted to my video games.  smilewinkgrin

Post Edited (Junebug05) : 1/18/2009 9:42:09 AM (GMT-7)

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   Posted 1/17/2009 7:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Congrats Junebug on starting school
I know and Believe you will become the more social person while having this chance..........

Keep up the good work

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  We Have Anxiety and Panic...................Anxiety and Panic DO NOT Have us         

Green Grove
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   Posted 1/17/2009 9:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello Team A/P!!!

My A/P has made me a better person all the way around. Like many of you I am more sensitive to others, plus a fighter/survivor :) I'm glad that many of us can see the positives through the disorder :)

Take care my family!!!

Maz, I'm glad you are in charge of the Roll Call my L.A.S. :) You make us think in ways to help us understand ourselves more. It is a great thing for healing :) Thank you for helping me out like this my friend :)
Much Love, Hugs, Peace & Comfort . . . Your Bro . . . Sam :)
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   Posted 1/18/2009 12:34 AM (GMT -6)   

  Having A/P and learning how to fight it has given me a good part of my life back. I use to love the rush of adrenalin then it turned bad on me but now I'm feeling more like my old self again and building me a new 4x4 rig for this up coming summer fun

Check out you tube on (4x4 trucks) and you will see just what I love doing lots of fun

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