Kendra Fisher, tells her story in the following way:
Kendra grew up in Kincardine, Ontario. With the support of her family and town behind her, Kendra quickly achieved great successes in her hockey career. Years ago, when faced with the opportunity to realize her dream of goal-tending for Team Canada, Kendra was diagnosed with Severe Anxiety Disorder coupled with Severe Panic Attacks, Depression and Agoraphobia; forcing her to leave the National Program in order to seek help to learn how to live with what had become a crippling disease. Kendra now shares her personal journey and has joined efforts to bring Mental Health issues to the forefront. It is her hope that her story will offer both hope and promise to others dealing with Mental Illness.
In an interview, Kendra explained what she wanted from her therapy:
“I was just looking for a cure. I wanted to be fixed. I wanted to be better and I wanted to get on with my life.”
She explains that these wishes were unrealistic. Obviously she must have been told by her psychologist that her goal of getting cured and getting on with her life was not possible. All she could do was to cope. Unfortunately, Fisher accepted that prognosis.
She also says that she was resistant to therapy. This is not a negative trait. An anxious and fearful person must be resistant. If she is not resistant to change, she does not have anxiety and phobias. Resistance to therapy and change is a characteristic of anxiety-related conditions.
So she began psychotherapy and was put on antidepressants. After 5-6 years of treatment with “every form of therapy” and reading about her condition, she decided to make her anxiety public. Often she speaks about her experience as an advocate for mental health. Her goal is to give hope and a positive message to all who may suffer from anxiety or any other mental health problems.
I applaud Fisher’s commitment in speaking about her problem. Often, as she explains, she has panic attacks in front of the audiences. Her tenacity and willingness to promote mental health awareness are praiseworthy. However, her message to others is besaically all they can do is cope. After 10 years of taking medication and psychotherapy, Kendra Fisher’s message is not totally positive:
“This is something that I have to live for the rest of my life.”
Kendra Fisher would be happy to know that there is a solution to her problem. She can overcome all her anxiety-related conditions once and for all. She can close this chapter of her life. She can get on with her life . Once she overcomes her anxiety, her message would become a more powerful one: she would become a living example of someone that had gone through anxiety, panic, depression and fear but had conquered them all. Now, this would be a powerful message of hope to others.