Becky recently moved in to our community and has jumped in whole heartedly to get involved with our Mom2Mom group! I am so excited that she is willing to share with us about her personal journey with anxiety, a very hard issue to discuss. Here is a little bit more about Becky:
She was born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago, IL. She studied at Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin and graduated in 2003 with degrees in Elementary Education and Special Education. She is now certified to teach in three states!
Becky married the man of her dreams (John Paul Rak) in 2004. They have lived in Illinois, Wisconsin and currently call Batesville home (now for 14 months) Becky says “God gave me the greatest blessing by making me a mother in March 2009, to my now 5 year old daughter Lilliana and then blessed us a second time with the arrival of Lincoln John in May 2012”.
Currently Becky is a stay at home mom. She cherishes this time she has been given to spend with her babies, but looks forward to returning to the classroom someday. Her personal background in dealing with anxiety began my at the age of 15. Official diagnoses came at the age of 21, with an additional diagnosis of OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder). “In working with special education students, I have encountered many students who share my diagnoses. I have also had the often occasion in working with parents (of my students) who struggle with anxiety as well. I have worked with school social workers and co-lead many “family meetings” to help my students families that struggle with anxiety.”
We hope that you’ll join us this week as we dig into this issue of anxiety, something I believe that every Mom struggles with in some form or fashion.