Thank you for giving me this gift of freedom!
As you may know, it was Thanksgiving here in the States yesterday. I wanted to write to you to tell you that I am most thankful for what you have done for me in the past almost two years. I was in such a dark place, not even sure I wanted to live, and you helped me to never lose hope. You answered my anxious questions about anxiety symptoms seemingly hundreds of times over, and you never made me feel like there was something wrong with me for asking. You made me see the strengths in myself that I was blinded to, and made me feel strong and confident again. You made me believe in myself, keep my faith in God strong, and learn to just live life again.
Just knowing you were there for me helped me to get through. I would have never imagined that those stupid weak legs, after an eternal year and a half, would ever actually feel normal again. (Aren't you glad I don't have to hound you about that again?!) But you never let me think otherwise. Your no-nonsense approach was just the kind of tough love I needed; no sugar-coating anything so I knew I could trust you.
I now feel like I've conquered this whole anxiety thing. You said I would make a full recovery, and I didn't know if I could trust that. Now I know it's possible, and I'm actually glad I went through it so that I now have the tools I need to move forward and not end up like my mom or sister who will probably struggle with anxiety disorder their whole lives from lack of knowledge and counseling. While my life still isn't perfect, at least it's free from debilitating anxiety.
No more waking up in a panic. No more obsessing about my health or symptoms. No more thinking I'm going insane. No more thinking that there's no way out of the darkness and that things will never get better.
Thank you for giving me this gift of freedom! There's hardly any other occupation you could be doing on this earth that could be more meaningful than giving people that precious gift.
I thank God for you.
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Authors: Jim Folk, Marilyn Folk, BScN. Last updated August 2016.