Bethlehem Press

Monday, February 17, 2020

Maintaining optimism

Monday, February 3, 2020 by The Press in Opinion

The crossing guard Mary once greeted me saying “I knew it was you, you always have a lilt to your walk.” It was the sweetest description I’ve ever heard about my gait. I was born with turned in feet, a near club foot, and a spinal curvature. The pediatrician told my mother I would walk, but likely never run. (Seventeen years later I made Districts in Cross Country). Stubbornness and determination walk hand in hand. So do perspective and attitude.

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Monday, January 20, 2020 by The Press in Opinion

I almost didn’t write this column. Sharing my opinions is fine. Sharing my personal experiences much more difficult.

For a long time, since the separation, I have suffered panic attacks. The attacks are often triggered by sounds. At their worst, they lasted as long as 10 minutes. Fear would overwhelm my system, and I would be shaking, rocking ball on the floor.

Over the past three years, the attacks have lessened in severity and occur less often. Part of this healing has come from time. More has come from understanding the traumas at the root of the attacks.

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Wednesday, January 15, 2020 by The Press in Opinion

I almost didn’t write this column. Sharing my opinions is fine. Sharing my personal experiences much more difficult.

For a long time, since the separation, I have suffered panic attacks. The attacks are often triggered by sounds. At their worst, they lasted as long as 10 minutes. Fear would overwhelm my system, and I would be shaking, rocking ball on the floor.

Over the past three years, the attacks have lessened in severity and occur less often. Part of this healing has come from time. More has come from understanding the traumas at the root of the attacks.