When I got engaged, naturally I began wedding dress shopping. For most women, wedding dress shopping is an exciting experience; but for me, it was underwhelming. All I could focus on was how each dress made me feel fat and how the parts of my body I hated most were exposed. The experience drudged up… Read More Kelsey’s Story: Battling Body Image Insecurity
I have always struggled with fear, particularly fear of the future and the unknown. When making important decisions, I am often troubled by the fact that I cannot see what lies ahead or control what happens. I have spent a lot of time overthinking, second-guessing myself, and procrastinating because I am too afraid to commit… Read More Anna’s Story: Fearing the Future and Finding Meaning
I have been self-conscious for the past ten years because of a scar on my face that was left by a curling iron burn. I am vain, and I don’t want people to think I am ugly. Often, I let my fear of how others see me control how I see me–instead of seeing myself… Read More Karen’s Story: Vanity, Fear, and Faith
Eight years ago, I slowly lost all of my ability to hear. During this loss my heart grew very fearful about many things. Quite understandably, I developed a very real fear of the dark. When the sun went down or the lights went off, I couldn’t see anything or hear anything — I was instantly… Read More Kari’s Story: Fearing the Darkness
Anxiety has tormented me since I was a child. Though I was never fully aware of what my thoughts and feelings meant until my college years, I always knew something was “wrong.” Rarely were my panic attacks linked to trauma or “reasonable” fears; no, my life was going well. This made it seem all the… Read More Meredith’s Story: Suffering from Panic Attacks
Not too long ago I injured my back. As the hours progressed, my back pain increased to the point of being unbearable, and I was admitted to the emergency room. I had a horrible experience there. The staff did not listen to me carefully. I was angry because they weren’t listening to my complaints about… Read More Julia’s Story: From Bitter to Better
Many years ago, prior to my marriage, I was sexually assaulted, raped multiple times by men I knew. I am constantly surprised that I still struggle with flashbacks and nightmares so often years later. But more than these memories, I am frustrated by how often these past events affect my current fears and view of… Read More Molly’s Story: Seeking Safety After Assault
I’m going back home to see my relatives. When I go back home, I can be stressed and anxious about making sure I see as many family members and friends as I can. I want to spend time with each them as I love being with my family and friends! But sometimes I find myself… Read More Laura’s Story: How Can I Make Everyone Happy?