The good, the funny, the heartwarming... our lives with anxiety/panic

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   Posted 12/4/2007 4:31 AM (GMT -6)   
Well I thought I'd start a thread that has to do with the present.  I saw a post about memory lane before A/P, but I think it's still fun to talk about the now.
What has everyone been accomplishing?  With a/p or in general?
Any funny stories?
The good times?
Share and tell all!!
Well I have quit drinking and it seems that I'm facing my panic head on as I felt it much more intensely after I quit drinking.  It was kind of like I was trying to sweep it under the rug and pretend it didn't exist; but unfortunately it does.  But I'm still human, and this darn thing will NOT have me!! hehe  But I do think I'm getting better altho still occasionally panicky in places that I was fine before.
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   Posted 12/4/2007 11:02 PM (GMT -6)   


CONGRATULATIONS!!!!  You should be very proud of yourself, not only for quitting drinking, which is huge in itself, but also for accepting that you were trying to run from the panic and now you are facing it head on...that takes great strength and courage!!!  AMAZING!!!


I like this thread you started too.  It is good to talk about the good things we are doing in our lives.  Last fall I fell into a major setback, probably the worst I've ever had, and it really took a toll on me.  It did prompt me to get back on meds and find another therapist, who is the best and I've been working through alot of issues that have kept me wrapped in anxiety for years.  I've never had therapy like this.  I feel like all the other therapists just tried to put a band-aid on a gushing other words, stop the anxiety, but not figure out why I have it.  Now I'm really looking at problems and working through them and the relief is fantastic.  I'm feeling good, getting out again and just happy.  It's amazing how nice it is just to be happy.  I know I've got alot of work ahead of me, and that the setbacks will always be lurking, but I feel so much stronger and able to work through them now. 

You keep up the amazing work Twiggy!

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   Posted 12/23/2007 11:37 AM (GMT -6)   
Just found this ..bringing it back up great thread.....IMHO

I have come along way I think but I too slide as do most ...........

I am not taking as many valium nor ativan
Gained a few lbs you should have NOT ME
SYMPATHY preggars I think.....LOL.......all those blasted caramell sundaes I eat every day almost up to 8 10 each day but I was at 88 lbs not good now 117,.......yahooooooo for me
Proud of you
LOVE you my TWIGGY......and Amber (LYN) HINT...............

FOR you too Junebug

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   Posted 12/23/2007 12:39 PM (GMT -6)   
What a great thread Twiggy, we always need to remember what we have accomplished and what we are doing right now.  We can't forget that as we so often do, especially if we have a slip backwards. 
Congratulations to you on quitting drinking; I do the same thing about 15 years ago and it was one of the hardest things I have ever done.  So kudos to you and keep up the good work.

My story is heartwarming and is actually going on today.  My kids wanted to go out and buy presents for us, but we like the home made gifts better and convinced them to make something.  So they are making pillows and not just for us, for the whole extended family.  It's been very cool to see them really get into this project.  They were upset at first that we said no to using their money to buy us presents, but they have really gotten into this project.  I don't often say this, because they are such a pain in the butt - but I have some great kids.  :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-)

Thanks for this thread Twiggy and thanks for letting me share this story.


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   Posted 12/23/2007 1:38 PM (GMT -6)   


Your awesome and should be very proud of you.  Great idea for a thread.

I am going off the cymbalta and back to my old medicine after Christmas.  Also will be off the Valium in a couple of weeks completely.  My goal is to someday be drug free, however, I am realistic and know that if that is not possible, I will take the medicines.

Everyone, hop onboard the thread.



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