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  •  Beautiful diary. Thank you. (13+ / 0-)

    I had my first and only panic attack last spring.  I thought I was having a heart attack, thought I was dying.  It was freaking terrifying. It happened when I was on a work appointment, and my colleagues called an ambulance, because I could not breathe.  When they arrived my blood pressure was ungodly high.

    People have no idea how scary and debilitating a panic attack is. It is like your body has been invaded by an evil force, and you have no control.  Since then I've learned a lot about it, how to see the warning signs, and how to deal with it better when it occurs.  I've come close since, but never had a full blown attack due to what I've learned.

    So sorry about your job, and that it's attached to your residence. This is worthy of panic, and yet of course, it doesn't help.  

    From what I've read of you, you have a very strong spirit, and an excellent sense of humor.  I know both these characteristics will hold you in good stead in this difficult transition.

    I know it doesn't help much when you're scared to hear others' belief in your strength---at least for me at these times I always want to say what strength? Because I don't feel it at every moment, and when things torpedo my life, it takes awhile to regain the best of me.

    But as the days pass, and the shock wears off, I just know you're going to rise, and figure it out.  Until then, hugs and prayers.  And prayers for Lisa too. It is uncanny how when we think we're at the bottom of the barrel, life has a way of showing us where and how we're lucky.  

    "A typical vice of American politics is the avoidance of saying anything real on real issues." Theodore Roosevelt.

    by StellaRay on Tue Dec 04, 2012 at 09:32:28 PM PST

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