How To Overcome Anxiety + Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

Are you looking for proof that you can move forward after trauma, feel better, and live in love and happiness? Then last night’s show is right up your alley! My two survivor guests set the record straight about how to go from anxiety, depression and posttraumatic stress disorder to running a marathon, teaching and living a life you love.

Cheri Frink used to suffer from such anxiety she could barely leave her home. How did she get over it? Cheri shares how she moved into being a person her daughter calls ‘carefree’ through making tough choices, building her coping toolbox, therapy and changing her negative internal self-talk. With great energy and a quick sense of humor you’ll love to hear Cheri explain the irony of what happens when you work overtime to keep yourself safe, plus what it means to make the choice to love yourself.

Then, after trauma Mary McManus learned to harness her intellect, forget about her body and live a double life that allowed her to become terrifically successful professionally. The only problem was: years of dissociating from her body led to enormous health problems. Forced to quit her job and heal, Mary took a fantastic journey to get to where she is today, living a life full of compassion, gratitude, joy and fun. Mary says, “Every finish line is a starting line.” You’ll love to hear her philosophy on recovery and the healing power of love.

Meet My Guests:

Cheri Frink works as a coach for individuals suffering from anxiety and depression. After suffering through anxiety most of her life, Cheri decided to help others overcome their own symptoms. She is out there helping others by providing each with a tool box filled with remedies. These remedies come from her personal experiences in overcoming this emotionally and mentally exhausting disorder. Cheri holds a Masters Degree in child development and classroom teaching; this education has proven effective with her younger clientele. Her more mature clientele affectionately refer to their sessions as “Cherapy”. Cheri currently resides in South Eastern Michigan with her husband and two children.

Mary McManus: To cope with the pain of paralytic polio at the age of 5, physical and sexual abuse from an alcoholic father, emotional abandonment and rejection by a mother addicted to prescription pain medication and multiple surgeries, Mary McManus learned to dissociate and disconnect from her body. She had a stellar academic career and professional career as a social worker at the Department of Veterans Affairs until her body, at the age of 53, cried out for healing. In December 2006, Mary was diagnosed with post polio syndrome, a progressive neuromuscular disease related to the initial polio virus and unresolved trauma that she held in her body. She went back into a leg brace, used a wheelchair at times for mobility and was told she needed to quit her full time award winning career at the VA just 3 years ‘shy’ of retirement age.

Mary knew it was time to wake up and pay attention to the body she grudgingly carried around with her and heal her life. She discovered the gift of poetry in her soul and the first poem she penned in February 2007 was called “Running the Race.” She had no idea that two years later she would cross the finish line of the 2009 Boston Marathon. In May 2007, Mary quit her job and never looked back.

Today she is a poet, yogini, blogger, 2009 Boston Marathon finisher, and inspirational speaker who brings a message of healing, hope and possibility through her gift of poetry, her blog and how she lives her life. She is the author of 2 books of inspirational poetry, “New World Greetings:Inspirational Poetry and Musings for a New World” and “Set Sail for a New World:Healing a Life Through The Gift of Poetry and released her third book “Songs of Freedom:Poems From a Healing Odyssey” in May 2012.

In January of 2011, Mary discovered the power of yoga to heal the trauma bound in her body and strengthen mind, body and spirit. In August, Mary will embark on the second act of her second act as a yoga teacher trainee in South Boston Yoga’s Teacher Training program. Mary donates her time and talent to organizations that are near and dear to her heart. She is writing her memoir, “Why Do Squats Make Me Cry.” For more information about Mary and her journey visit www.marymcmanus.com and be sure to follow her blog at www.newworldgreetings.blogspot.com

 

3 Comments

  1. Great, great program. Thank you for all of the wonderful advice. It’s always so inspiring to hear the stories of others, and it renews my faith that healing can happen!

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  2. @Worth — So glad you liked the program! You’re so right: hearing the stories of others gives our own journey energy, ideas and support. The amazing thing about recovery is that you just never know when or how or where it will happen; you just have to keep doing what you hope will work — and believing that one day it will.

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  3. Hi Michelle, I very much appreciate your dedication to helping those struggling with trauma. Although I’ve been traumatized in many ways both psychologically and physically I seem to be lacking the tools and support to progress along the road to recovery. No doubt this is due in part to some environmental factors that I have little control over and also feeling trapped emotionally at times. I have worked with more than one therapists,but perhaps I could benefit by trying some modalities specific to healing the mind and body. I believe in the holistic approach of living one-day-at-time and just for today-just for a moment-let go of hurtful memories. There’s peaceful relief in just letting go. Also Remembering God’s all seeing eye and that nothing in life happens apart from His divine will and knowledge. Keep in touch and All The Best!

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