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How do you come back from not just one, but from a number of setbacks? Sooner or later we’ll all face this crisis. This is the story of Lisa, and how she faced her crisis in her own words…
Lisa’s Story, aged 33
It took a long time before I actually had enough courage to call for help. Not that I didn’t have the Family Continuity phone number or the address for months, but sometimes you are the last person who stops and looks at yourself and says enough is enough it can only help.
Soon after I scheduled my first appointment I was a little bit hesitant because my clinician was an intern. I decided to give it a shot anyways it couldn’t hurt and in my opinion everyone needs to learn. In the back of my mind no matter how I felt about the clinician, getting my foot in the door was the most important thing.
She asked me, so what’s going on. Pleading my case I cried for the next 59 minutes. I’m not crazy, but I don’t know how to stop it. It’s not like me at all and I feel so all alone! Once I finally finished defending myself I began to explain what was really going on. To make a long story short my husband and 2 year old daughter moved into a new house, I never liked change and, soon after I lost my job. When I was 5 months pregnant I lost my twins, my husband had a stroke and needed to have heart surgery to repair the hole in his heart and soon after that he lost his job. Everyday I feared that something else bad would happen, that I was going to die. I was thinking only bad thoughts and being afraid to do anything that might be remotely fun. I was having 3 to 4 anxiety attacks a day and I didn’t know how to make them stop.
As my weekly sessions at Family Continuity continued, I began to listen to my clinician and instead of feeling bad about that past, I began to focus on the future. The first step was realizing that I was only human and that everyone, no matter who, needs help from time to time. I soon realized with help that everything happens for a reason and although it will never be perfect, you can get past it. My clinician taught me how to breathe and how to relax through reading and exercise. She also taught me that the feelings that I was having during an anxiety attack stem from your brain to your body as a defense mechanism and how to control them.
Despite all of the bad things that had happened, anxiety and depression in my case was brought on mostly because of me. I needed help to learn how to control it and change my way of thinking for the better, something I would have never been able to do without the help of Family Continuity
Since then, I have given birth to a beautiful healthy baby girl and my husband and I have started our own business that within its first year has been very successful.
One hour a week can change your life and make you realize that you are still the person you once were just stronger and that you can enjoy life again! I have been going to Family Continuity for over nine months and it was one of the best decisions I ever made and I couldn’t have done it without what I call my guardian angel!
If you or a family member is struggling with the kinds of issues that Lisa talked about, life won’t get better until you do something about it. To find out more about how Family Continuity’s counseling and mentoring programs can help you and your family, please contact us at (866) 219-3320, or find more about services near you on our web-site at www.familycontinuity.org.
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