I am Miko.
I should have wanted to say that I am a person plagued with anxiety disorder, but no. My anxiety attacks do not define me.
I am a father to two adorable children, aged 15 and 11. I have a supportive, strong, and nurturing wife who has been my source of strength.
Four years ago, I was diagnosed with anxiety disorder. It was one of the lowest points in my life. It was something I was not proud of.
I kept the “secret” to myself, my wife, and a few of my very close friends. Every time I start to feel Mr. Anxiety coming in, I put up a strong front. I can’t be weak in his presence. I am better than him.
There were times that I got really sad why I am raffled to be one of Mr. Anxiety’s best friends. I hated him.
But I realized Mr. Anxiety is here to stay. He is part of being me. Acknowledging that, I began to be comfortable with him visiting me at certain parts of the day. At the same time, I also started talking about him, and being open about how I feel even to the group of young people I manage. I realized that there are so many people out there who are in the same boat.
I decided to talk about my experience more openly to others out there, whoever wants to learn about how the experience has broken me once but has built me for the better later on.
In this blog, I hope to share how I managed to turn Mr. Anxiety from a foe to a friend and reflect on that wonderful journey that transformed not only how I dealt with myself, but also with my God, my family, my friends, my work, and the world.