My name is Steve and this is my story…
I was just like every other kid growing up, except for the fact that I suffered from anxiety disorder and panic attacks.
I spent most of my childhood feeling nervous and afraid. I hated school. I was afraid I wouldn’t fit in with other kids. I didn’t know how to talk to my parents or my friends and I thought something was wrong with me. I felt alone.
As a teenager things only got worse.
My anxiety and racing thoughts made it hard for me to focus on school work. I had trouble reading and studying, which resulted in bad grades. The more my parents pushed me to do better, the more I closed off.
By the time I hit 30 I was mentally and physically unhealthy.
Daily panic attacks at work, anxiety about going out with friends and visiting family and the fear of someone finding out my secret caused me to close off to the world. I avoided any situation I thought might caused my anxiety to spike. When I couldn’t avoid a situation I self medicated with alcohol.
By my mid thirties I found myself divorced with two children and three jobs. I was broke and I was broken.
I went on a journey to understand my anxiety and it eventually lead me to one simple truth… there is an inner consciousness deep within us all.
The next few years were some of the most amazing years of my life. I learned how to love and be kind to myself. Through meditation, self examination and positive reaffirmations, I began to love my self and my life, and to see the world from a completely new perspective. Change didn’t happen overnight… but it did happen.
I’m now married with three amazing children. I learned the secret to dealing with my anxiety and panic attacks. I put my life back together and I couldn’t be happier with the results.
I went from being afraid to leave my house to standing on stage, sharing my story with the world.
I no longer fear people knowing my struggles. I enjoy sharing what I’ve been through so others understand that they are not alone. And I want to use what I’ve learned to help others better understand their fears and anxiety, so they may begin to love themselves and finally be free to create the life they’ve always wanted…
A life free of fear and full of love.