I wrote and delivered my college commencement address. Little did I know that I would be telling people to reach for the stars and a few years later I would be scared to reach for my doorknob. I have Agoraphobia, panic disorder, PTSD, hyperadrenic POTs, Fibromyalgia, and Sjorgens Syndrome ( to name just a few ). But, I’m not my diagnoses. I am a person. I realized that people openly post pictures when they are sick or injured on social media. However, few talk about mental health or a “broken brain.“ I knew I had to do something. I created an online support group for people with Agoraphobia and other mental health issues. I also openly advocate on Instagram and YouTube.
I nominate the “Curvy Nerd” — Jamie because she came forth this year with a subject that most people do not talk about — panic disorder with housebound agoraphobia. It’s nice to see that I’m not alone. She even has a Facebook group supporting others. She has made a huge impact on my life knowing there are other people like me — Elizabeth
I’m a Patient Leader