This is a good post... because we all want to feel normal again. I often wonder what changed in my mind on 3/18/13, when I went from not feeling anxiety, to it nearly taking over my life. I know it didn't happen all in one day, and that the events built up to it. I think about all the things I used to do without a worry in the world - spontaneous road trips across the state, flying down to see my family in the carribbean, day trips to the beach, etc. Now, some days, I can barely go to the store without having to stop and control my anxiety. I don't let it get me down, if anything I use the past as motivation to work towards finding a resolution.
It's also been a bit of a hidden blessing. See, prior to all of this, I have to admit I never was fully convinced of the effects people feel from anxiety. It was easy to write it off as "It's all in their head" (kinda like how people, even my own mother, think of my symptoms now) I could never fully sympathize, until it happened to me.
Additionally, it did help get me back into church. When the dr's and medicine couldn't help me, I turned to God. I think church, combined with self motivation have been the driving factors in my learning to cope with and overcome anxiety.