I haven't posted on here in a while because I believe I finally got a handle on my own anxiety issues with therapy, behavioral modification and occasional medication. So I guess you can say I graduated!
Anyway, I have a lot of health issues. I have dealt with them for a long time and did not try to say anything about
it to my children (on how I was hurting, feeling etc). I learned that was a mistake because when my daughter was 11/12 she started self harming herself. I took her to a therapist and found out that she was full of anxiety over the possible thought of losing her mother (me). So than I started being more
what was wrong with me and assured her that I intend to be around for a very long time, that what I have is not fatal.
Now I don't know if THAT was a mistake because it seems she every single ache or pain she gets makes her think something is wrong. How do you handle a teen child (she's 16 now btw) that has a mother who is chronically ill?
Also too, there is part of me that wonders - maybe SOMETHING is wrong with her. I was about
her age when weird things started happening to me but no one took me seriously because nothing ever showed up on testing - though at that time testing was a bit primitive. I do know for a fact, that my daughter inherited my Raynaud's.
Is she doomed to follow in my footsteps? <--rhetorical question btw. In any case, I am ready to handle the outcome but how can I help her overcome her health anxiety?
SHERRYModerator-Allergies/Asthma and Alzheimer's, Co-moderator-UC
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