Nobody recognises high-functioning anxiety because it doesn’t look like the textbook definition of what a mental health issue is.
“I am at peace with what’s next. The more I prepare to say goodbye, the more at peace I become with that reality."
My coping mechanisms had been avoidant behavior all along.
"I dreamed that a swarm of bees or wasps attacked my feet. When I woke up, my feet were burning and tingly. It was very painful.”
"That trip was like an '80s movie starring me. I saw what my life could be like, without computers and all that rubbish. It gave me the most hope I've ever known."
"If veterans can take their skills—the teaching others, the physical fitness, and the service element—and they can make a career out of it, it’s like they never left the service. They’re doing the same thing except they don’t have a gun in their hands."
Lipomas are usually small, benign masses that don't need to be removed. Mine, however, had to go.