But have never formally introduced myself. My name is Heather, I am 39 and live in Virginia. I have 2 boys - 11 and 18. I am newly remarried.
I have been a chronic worrier since I was a child. I clearly remember worrying about my loved ones dying or myself, and I would obsess about horrible things, like natural disasters or car accidents or diseases.
Health Anxiety has definitely been with me for a long time.
I have worried myself into panic attacks over anything and everything, scouring the internet for hours looking at symptoms and worst case scenarios. I have worried about heart attacks, lymphoma, meningitis, Stevens Johnson syndrome, blood clots, aneurysms, you name it....I have at one time worried about it. And ultimately, HA ruined my first marriage. My ex husband was chronically depressed and add this to it, we were a mess. He took "care" of me while I was in these deep, dark places in my mind with Health Anxiety, instead of being with him and my kids.
I have come to this board a lot. I have read many messages, looked for reassurance. I'm so tired of this crap. As soon as I think I'm better, I'm plunged into something else.
I truly want to help other people through this forum and hope that in some way, it helps me too. :)