Telling friends and family has been very difficult for me. I have been pretty fearful of criticism, but I have told people regardless. Many of my friends and family have said that it makes sense and are excited for me. I have gotten one or two "that's ridiculous" type of looks though. Maybe it's the people pleasing aspect of me, but I can't stand when people criticize or challenge the beliefs I'm holding. For instance today I read a blog about Christianity and TMS, where the doctor said that he believed in most of the TMS theory, but not the tendonitis and a couple other aspects of it. This really ticked me off because I felt my hope drop dramatically, even though I have been believing my tendonitis is a part of TMS. So I think the main thing is realizing that I get upset when people don't go along with my beliefs and not giving into their thoughts or being tossed and turned emotionally by it. . . leading to more TMS symptoms. BTW, I have had some new pains develop which has been pretty scary, including my right index finger which has never hurt before. . only my left. I'm pressing on in faith, and have been finding more and more peace and improvement (especially with my back and anxiety).