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21 Jun

Let's Catch Up!

Wow! It’s been a while. A LOT of things have happened since the last time I wrote back in October. Last you heard from me I was living in Chicago. I had just moved into my own apartment and was feeling VERY stressed out. I was worried I had made the wrong decision and was worried about the judgement I would face if I came back home. Well, fast forward to now. I am back in Michigan. I feel no judgment or shame moving back home. I did what was right for me and actually people praised me for trying something new and putting myself out there.

I moved back home in November, so I was only in Chicago for about two months. The stress, anxiety, and the PTSD I was experiencing was just too much for me. I was having really bad paranoia attacks from being in an unfamiliar place by myself and was always worried someone was following me and I swear I would check to see if my apartment door was locked about 20 times a day. I ended up having to increase my medications significantly just to get myself through a day. I was also having nightmares consistently and horrible flashbacks from my trauma. All the stress was just too much for me.

My family and I took a trip to Dauphin Island, AL and when we got back, I just never left my parents’ house. I made the decision to break my lease and a month later my parents and I went to Chicago to get my stuff and now I’m a Michigander once again. I lived with my parents for about six months while I got myself together. Thanks mom and dad! During those six months I discovered something called EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing). I’m not quite sure how to describe the experience I had with this therapy but what I can tell you is I no longer have PTSD. I am also no longer on medication.

I now live in a new apartment halfway in between my sister (brother-in-law and nephew) and my parents. I live on my own (with Stella, of course) and am doing pretty well. While I no longer have PTSD or any paranoia, I still have some anxiety here and there but overall, things are going well.

This month marks six years since my trauma. This is the first year I haven’t had a total melt down. I have had a bit of anxiety and a nightmare or two but nothing major. I am so proud of myself and how far I have come. I am so glad I am here today to share all of my experiences and I hope my words help someone else too.

I hope to get back into the swing of things and post more often. Keep an eye out for more updates from me!


Anna Forcier

Anna Forcier loves elephants, unicorns, sunshine, and rainbows!