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   Posted 1/14/2009 2:02 PM (GMT -6)   
hi everyone,

i just wanted to say thank you to ALL of you. you don't know it, but you all helped me out today in a big way! hubby and i went to the next town over (about 30 minutes away) to do our grocery shopping today. normally, i get anxious when we do this because i hate going into the busy stores with all of the people and lights and noise and am pretty much guaranteed to have at least one minor panic attack-especially if we have to go to wal-mart! also today it's snowing and blowing out, and i have HUGE anxiety issues with driving in the snow!

but today was different! today when i started to feel antsy and anxious as we were driving to the town in the blowing snow, i took some deep breaths and thought of all of YOU. i said to myself "think about all of those lovely people you know on the forum who go through this very same thing. you are NOT alone! you are NOT crazy! you WILL get through this!" and the most amazing thing happened-i calmed down! i even managed to go shopping in three fairly busy stores without a single panic attack! i even enjoyed myself and my time with just my hubby! and i have all of you guys to thank.

just knowing you all are here and that you understand how a/p feels and how hard it is to experience...just knowing that i can come here and talk about it openly and honestly without having to feel like something's terribly wrong with me, is SO helpful!!

so...thank you all SO MUCH!

love and hugs

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every morning a new arrival-a joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awarenewss comes as an unexpected visitor.
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   Posted 1/14/2009 2:57 PM (GMT -6)   
WooHoo Danielle that was an awesome post to read. I am so glad that you can come here and know you are not alone, and that we can be with you when you need us. That is just what this board is about in my opinion. Helping others to help themself. Good job, I am so glad you enjoyed your time with hubby, and kicked your anxiety to the curb at least for today. Again good job!!
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   Posted 1/14/2009 4:17 PM (GMT -6)   
Yeah Danielle!!!

Congrats on your steps towards your recovery :) It makes me very happy to see those I care about turn around their lives and really begin to live them. You are a good person that is not only helping yourself but other members on this forum which makes you a valuable asset here :) I remember how thrilled I was to be able to just do some shopping and not panic about it. . . . A great feeling :)
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   Posted 1/14/2009 4:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Oh, Danielle, I'm so happy for you! What a wonderful day, to get to enjoy without panic - that's terrific!

One of the nice things that winning out over your panic once does, is that it gives you a genuine, positive memory of how you can have days that go well, days when you beat your anxiety and not the other way around. I try to remind myself about those victories when I can feel a slump (or full-out crash!) into anxiety coming on.

Oh, I'll bet your hubby felt great too, getting to share your "win" with you. Hurray for you!



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   Posted 1/14/2009 5:28 PM (GMT -6)   

Danielle, that is awesome! i was out of my comfort zone big time on the weekend, and when i started to get anxious, i remembered that Kitt had reminded me to imagine she was there, and to think of our AP family here at HW- and it worked!! isnt it the best feeling?

about 6 wks ago i was really anxious/panicky about a big night out in the city and the response from members here was amazing- they told me to visualise them cheering me on with pom poms in their hands, that they were with me every step of the way- again, it worked! we have some super special people here. i am SO glad you enjoyed yourself and were able to leave the anxiety behind! Go Danielle! be proud of your achievements, and also remember this for the next time you go shopping etc. remember that you made it through with flying colours!! yeah

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   Posted 1/14/2009 6:56 PM (GMT -6)   
Percycat said it accurately. She said now you have a positive memory to help you through other attacks. Remember how well you did and be proud of yourself. I'm really happy for you!
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