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    I spoke to Sarah last night which was quite helpful. So many messages here have also been a great help. I am up or down at any given moment now. Tonight is perticularly rough. I had to go to sleep the second that I came home from work, and I woke up with palpitations. I think that I need to find a therapist, because I have to to stop from thinking SO much. If anyone has any suggesstions for therapists in Chicago, I'd appreciate the feedback. Thanks.

    Jon

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    Re: I think that I need a therapist

    Dear Jon,

    I don't know of any therapists in the Chicago area but I do want to give you a big cyber hug. I hope that you feel much better soon.



    Reenie
    Reenie

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    Husband has HCM.
    3 kids - ages 23, 21, & 19. All presently clear of HCM.

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      Re: I think that I need a therapist

      Jon,

      I have several suggestions for you. Give me a call over the weekend.

      S

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        Jon,

        Nobody can evaluate whether or not you should see a therapist but yourself... so if you feel you need to, please seek out the help you need. But please know that when i was first diagnosed i was the biggest basket-case you'd ever want to meet... and trust me... i was a basket-case well before i ever even knew i had HCM! It's a lot of information to digest, and in a very short period of time as well. It can be overwhelming! Let me share with you the best advice i have ever received from this board...

        "Jim, you've lived 39 years with HCM and up until now you didn't even know you had it. Now that you do know you have it... what has changed?"

        Jon... quite simply, the answer is that nothing has changed except for the fact that now i know i have HCM and have options to treat it. Even if you had never found out you had HCM... quite probably you would have still led a long happy life. Knowing that you have HCM only allows you to take some extra precautions to make sure you don't 'shuffle off this mortal coil' prematurely.

        HCM is serious, and should be treated as such, but at the same time please realize that you've lived through 35 years of your life quite successfully without even knowing that you had it, and since HCM most often rears it's ugly head in young adulthood, you've been living with it for almost twenty years!

        Take care of yourself, and please write directly to me or call if you want to chat. My email is... [email protected].

        Jim
        "Some days you're the dog... some days you're the hydrant."

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          Jim, I edited your post and deleted your phone #. I just didn't think it was a good idea to post it publically. Feel free to PM Jon with the info if you want.

          Thanks,

          Reenie
          Reenie

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          Husband has HCM.
          3 kids - ages 23, 21, & 19. All presently clear of HCM.

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            Re: I think that I need a therapist

            Hi--

            I'm not certain why I am writing this, since I think mtlieb expressed things very well. But here goes----------Being diagnosed does not mean that you will have the symptoms someone else with the condition has. You know yourself and how it has been living in the body you have. The diagnosis does not change these essential facts. You have HMC, but you have your own case and it will develop in you or not, and you don't need to fear the future since the diagnosis empowers you to seek medical help when and if you need it in the future.

            Believe me, being diagnosed early before problems become serious is A GOOD THING, not a bad thing.

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              Thanks Reenie,

              Perhaps i am a little too trusting at times... i appreciate your good judgement

              Jim
              "Some days you're the dog... some days you're the hydrant."

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                Re: I think that I need a therapist

                Liona, very well said. You make some good points.

                Jim, you're welcome.
                Reenie

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                Husband has HCM.
                3 kids - ages 23, 21, & 19. All presently clear of HCM.

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