Anxiety- Am I THE Only One?

The American  Psychological Association defines anxiety as an emotion characterized by feelings of tension, worried thoughts and physical changes like increased blood pressure.

People with anxiety disorders usually have recurring intrusive thoughts or concerns. They may avoid certain situations out of worry. They may also have physical symptoms such as sweating, trembling, dizziness or a rapid heartbeat.

Well this is the night I dread each year! Can I be the only ONE??

Everyone seems to love the zombies, freaky masks, vampires and other haunts! (I DO LOVE the princesses and Superheros though)

I KNOW the blood, gore, weapons and clown costumes are FAKE but that doesn’t make my first reaction change in the least!

Fibromyalgia causes my mind to play tricks on me! My first reaction to the scary sights of Halloween is PANIC! I want to run… hide… cover my head and not peek! People often times think being scared is FUN but not for me! I don’t even like thriller type movies or TV shows!

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So tonight I am oiled up with Stress Away and taking the haunts as they come. I want to lock the door and just say, “Nooooo” but I will suck it up in the spirit of the season! But please tell me I AM NOT THE ONLY ONE GRINNING AND BEARING IT!!!!!!


Lathered up and smelling great! Trying breathe through the panic!  Just saw a zombie Dorothy and Scarecrow (Is nothing sacred?)



Take Control…A Slippery Slope

Trying to gain control over my fibro has been like climbing up a mountain that is covered with butter! I have learned to control what I can and to manage the things I can not change.  Some days it may seem a selfish thing but it is crucial! A Flare

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A Peek In!

Here is a Peek Inside my World

  1. The illnesses I live with is: Fibromyalgia, Lymphocytic Colitis, Hashmito’s Thyroiditis, Chronic Daily Migraine
  2. I was diagnosed with it: 5 years ago , 3 years ago, 7 years ago, 5 years ago
  3. But I had symptoms since: 2007 – started after I had the flu… for me it was one thing after another
  4. The biggest adjustment I’ve had to make is: Trying to put my health first. Not being SUPERWOMAN!
  5. Most people assume: I feel 100% everyday, somedays I put on a great show!
  6. The hardest part about mornings are: Getting up because no matter what time I go to sleep, I wake up feeling like I got little sleep.
  7. My favorite medical TV show is: Untold Stories of the ER
  8. A gadget I couldn’t live without is: Computer & Cell Phone
  9. The hardest part about nights are: Falling asleep
  10. Each day: I wake up with a positive attitude that I can and will conquer these illnesses
  11. Regarding alternative treatments: I have made tremendous improvements with Essential Oils
  12. If I had to choose between an invisible illness or visible I would choose: Neither! But, for the sake of this question, I’ll say invisible. I don’t want my medical issues to be the focus of who I am.
  13. Regarding working and career: I honestly think Fibro was a blessing in disguise because I would never have found Young Living Essential Oil. Working with children each day makes my bad days seem better.
  14. People would be surprised to know: Some of my symptoms… And how hard I work…Three jobs…All happily!
  15. The hardest thing to accept about my new reality has been: That some days, no matter how hard I fight, I still need help and that I can’t do everything. I am a control freak and it is hard to let go.
  16. Something I never thought I could do with my illness that I did was: Was share my story
  17. The commercials about my illness: I am glad people are beginning to understand the pain involved with this illness, I wish it could show what it is like on a daily basis and that not all people are helped by Big Parma.
  18. Something I really miss doing since I was diagnosed is: Have energy to be more active.
  19. It was really hard to have to give up is: Taking long walks
  20. A new hobby I have taken up since my diagnosis is: Facebooking
  21. If I could have one day of feeling normal again I would: Get so much done!
  22. My illness has taught me: Too many things to list! Patience, compassion, and understanding and that some people are too focused on themselves to see others needs. I know who your true friends are.
  23. Want to know a secret? I want nothing more than for people to be happy and healthy.
  24. But I love it when people: Are understanding and helpful!
  25. My favorite motto, scripture, quote that gets me through tough times is: I can and I Will!!!!
  26. When someone is diagnosed I’d like to tell them: There are people who genuniely care!
  27. Something that has surprised me about living with an illness is: Who is there to support you and who isn’t (family and friends)
  28. The nicest thing someone did for me when I wasn’t feeling well: My colleagues got together and gave me gift cards and cards after I had surgery. It made life so much easier and TOUCHED my heart deeply!
  29. I’m involved with Invisible Illness Week because: It’s my personal mission to help others who live with these conditions live a better life as well as educate.
  30. The fact that you read this list makes me feel: Wonderfully happy!!!!!

Please do this list yourself and comment on this post. Makes you think.