As embarrassing as it is to admit, I have severe social anxiety and body dysmorphia. I had acne from the age of 6 and was tormented by my peers from an early age as a result.
When I was 11, I was under the care of a dermatologist and prescribed Roaccutaine. This cured the issue, but by then my self-confidence and self-esteem were non-existent. Unfortunately, this had a detrimental impact on my ability to socialise as I feared people looking at my skin/face and judging me. I withdrew from all social activity and only spoke to my family.
This mentality has continued into my adult life and I am still crippled with fear and anxiety when meeting new people, talking in front of others or entering a new situation. The small group of people that now know me, would have described me as aloof, nervous and reclusive on our first meeting. It’s not that I am unfriendly, I’m just too stuck in my own head, over analysing everything I might say for fear of saying the wrong thing or drawing attention to myself.
However, Vena has provided me with no end of support in this regard and like me, is less than adequate in social situations. I will find myself stroking her neck in a positive stimming and she will lean her weight against me for reassurance. We heavily rely on one another and would be useless otherwise. We grow one another’s confidence and need this mutual alliance to face our fears.
I have updated Vena’s GoFundMe campaign in order to share a little more about her and how we came to be together so please read, share and donate if you are able. Please help me to raise the money to keep her with me as without you, I don’t know how long we have together.
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