Hey everybody. Long time no see (again...) in my last post, I was talking about how I had some parties planned that I was nervous about, and how I was doing a test for a new job. I went to all of the parties I planned to and had a really good time! I don't think I've given myself enough props for achieving something that I was so scared of. Even in my uber ride to the party, I started feeling that hot rush of anxious fear throughout my body... but I got there, started talking to my friends, had a drink, and eventually relaxed!! And last weekend, I ended up driving almost an hour away (a big deal for me - usually I'm terrified and anxious about getting sick in the car) to eat at a cafe with friends, and then we spontaneously ended up having dinner too - I can't remember the last time I had an unplanned meal out. Wow!! And, that test turned into a job INTERVIEW, which I thought went really well! The only problem is now they're "making their decision"... and it's going on 3 weeks since my interview!! My friends who've worked for this company in the past say this is normal - it's taken up to a month for them to tell somebody they got the job before - but I can't help being my worry-wart self. I have to admit I really want this! I have some freelance jobs lined up if it doesn't come through, but I have to be honest and say I will be really disappointed if I end up not getting this job. Anyway, thinking back on why I even started this program, it seems really funny to me that I came here for wrist pain... like, what? I haven't gotten it all since the first day I read about TMS. It really seems like my digestive issues / IBS are my real TMS target! I ended up making an appointment at a Digestive Health center nearby - I think I will get further if I can really assure myself there is nothing "structurally" wrong in my system, and honestly I've never made an earnest attempt to figure this out medically. I've been distrustful of doctors since my primary care physician handled my problems really poorly (the only thing she ever did to try and diagnose my stomach issues was to give me a pregnancy test. This was when I was in 6th grade!!! Like, really?) But even though I'm going to a doctor like this, even if they do find something wrong, I'm perfectly positive TMS is part of it (making whatever it is worse), if not all of it. Seeing the good that journaling and thinking about my feelings has done for me has really had an impact on me! Lastly, I wanted to ask if any of you seem to "block out" your old memories - it's REALLY hard for me to think back on my childhood. Not hard as in it makes me sad or evokes any other type of strong emotion - but I just don't feel like I have any memories of that time at all! I guess that's a way of dealing with things, to just ice them out... I wonder if they must be down there somewhere, but I'm also scared to push too hard to remember them - in a class I took in college I remember we talked about a lot of the "childhood memories" that people come up with in therapy sometimes just turn out to be total fabrications... but I guess it also shows how much I trust myself if I'm just assuming I'm going to make something up! Anyway, if anybody else has sort of that icy, lonely personality when it comes to dealing with trouble, I'd like to hear what kind of success, if any, you've had in looking back on past experiences!! Thanks as always for taking the time to read my story.