While Walking Duncan - A Guest Post, Sort Of

Note:  This post is long overdue.  My host site had problems for over a week, and then we went on vacation.  I'm so excited to share this with you!


I'd like to introduce you to my blogger friend, Curt.  Curt and I met through the power of the Internet.  His Dad, a man I worked with years ago, sometimes posts links to Curt's blog, www.whilewalkingduncan.com. on Facebook.  As soon as I discovered Curt, I knew we were kindred spirits.

Curt and I  both blog, and we both love Golden Retrievers.  Curt writes about his adventures with Duncan, his Golden Retriever, his partner, Ken , and all about life in general.  Curt, like me, suffers from General Anxiety Disorder.  Curt is is honest, he's pragmatic, and he has a heart of gold.  And,  the man can WRITE!  This is a snippet of Curt's thoughts on GAD:

Anyone who suffers from anxiety knows that it's a truly horrific experience that changes your entire perception of the world. Nothing is safe and even when there doesn't appear to be any anxiety the fear of it returning becomes even worse than the anxiety itself. The world becomes your enemy. Tasks that most people take for granted, things I'd done daily, like drive to work, or watch television, go to movies, visit friends, walk Duncan, become impossible. I spent three miserable months holed up, hardly venturing outside, watching as Ken struggled to be brave and patient and comprehend what was happening. - Curt Rogers - www.whilewalkingduncan.com

Isn't he amazing?  When I first read this, I felt as though he had written the words directly out of my head.  This is what I've been trying to put on paper for a very long time, but I just couldn't find the words.

This is not an "I'm feeling sorry for myself post", because self-pity is not something I feel when I go through these phases.  What I do feel is terrified, anxious (obviously), helpless and guilty.  Depression and anxiety go hand in hand for me.  Trust me, I don't want my worst enemy to struggle with this, and it makes me sad that my loved ones have to suffer because of my issues. 

Curt has found a tactic that helps him, and it's pretty neat.  Read more here:  http://whilewalkingduncan.blogspot.com/2012/05/feathers-for-flight.html

Myself, I'm working with essential oils, medication, a gluten-free diet, self-affirmation, and therapy.

My point is, if you suffer from GAD, depression, or any other condition, speak out!  We need to communicate. We can only help one another by talking and sharing ideas.  We're all human.

Special thanks to Curt for letting me share his thoughts.

God Speed.

-MM

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Roxane B. Salonen said...

Marie, oh my heavens, sister friend, I did not know you struggled with this. There have been hints of it, but I am heartsick to think of how you've suffered. Not pity, just one heart reaching out to another. Speaking of that, I have your photos. We have got to connect soon so you can get them safely back! I'm thinking of you, and so proud of you for doing all those things to take care of yourself!

Mel said...

It is awesome of you both to share about this issue and help others know that it is okay to acknowledge it and seek help.

Curt Rogers said...

Marie,

Thank you so much for your kind words. You make my blush.

I think your effort here is a very good thing. Those of us who suffer anxiety need to band together, form a community of support. for the longest time I believed I was alone, a freak of the world, but slowly over the years I've met people who also suffer paralyzing anxiety. talking with them and leaning on them during difficult periods has been such a strengthening and morale-boosting experience. My life has changed simply by being able to communicate with others.

Let me know what I can do to help you.

And again, your kindness humbles me. Thank you so much for befriending Duncan and me, for joining us on our walks and for having the courage to come forward with your own struggles.

Your friend,

Curt

Marie said...

Rox,
I do, and I wish I had explained to you. For so long, my struggle with anxiety was so embarrassing to me that I just couldn't talk about it, even to you, my friend! I'm over that now, and I'm taking it one day at a time. Thank you for your encouraging words. Yes, we must get together, not just for the pictures, but to reconnect. Let's chat via FB.

Blessings,
M

Marie said...

Mel,
Thank you! Isn't Curt wonderful? I too, think it's so important to reach out. Thanks for weighing in!

Best to you!
M

Marie said...

Curt,
Thanks for your comment. I didn't mean to make you blush - you deserve the credit. If it weren't for you, I wouldn't be so brave and open to discuss the issue. I'm so grateful that we're working on this friendship and getting the word out about GAD together.

To you, Ken, and Duncan, CHEERS!

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