I noticed this one a couple hours ago but something didn't seem quite right to me.
Still, I'm glad e77 jumped in so sincerely. We need more like him. Wishingforcalm2's seniority speaks for itself. With the positivity, sincerity, and blunt honesty of both of them in embracing the situation I hope you find some solace.
Keep in mind that controlling the associated symptoms of panic disorder to the quality of life one had before ever experiencing them may take a never-ending amount of work, self-awareness, and discipline. Even then, only speaking for myself here, there is no guarantee that they will ever quite be themselves again.
In controlling these symptoms, learning and applying therapies and/or medication seem the only routes. Good therapy (some books are better than some therapists btw) and applying CBT, REBT, meditation, breathing exercises, true friends, getting a little better in shape, and dialectical behavioral therapy are all useful in dampening the symptoms of the disorder. Even then, it is still an inexact science even tho we are nearing the end of 2012.
Like a significant other we may have never quite gotten over enough to put life's pieces back together again yet, such is often the same with this haunting disorder. However, staying positive and genuinely trying to tackle the problem with the tools mentioned above are pretty much all any of us can have in our arsenal.
One day at a time.