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Meet Mandy. She had always been good in academics. Her family of origin took great pride in it and believed that high academic success is the only true success.
Mandy graduated from two prestigious universities in the United Kingdom. After receiving her Bachelor of Laws (L.L.B) (with Honours), she went on to do a specialised postgraduate law degree (L.L.M) at a more renowned British Law School.
To date, Mandy has interned at various legal departments in private and government sectors. She completed her training contracts with a community law specialist firm and a small-medium sized litigation specialist firm.
Mandy is also active in her local church’s bible study course and is determined to finish all levels of the local church’s bible study course series.
This letter is addressed to herself in the summer after her first year at law school, just after the death of her mother, many years prior to attending Counselling.
The worst has just happened. You are facing the unimaginable, the unthinkable. Your mother has lost the battle against cancer. No longer can you talk to your number one confidante and best friend. She will never be able to watch you graduate from law school, as you always imagined. For the first time, when you board the plane to return to the United Kingdom at the end of the summer, you will not be able to say goodbye to her.
When I got my first panic attack, I wasn’t sure what exactly it was. I just thought, as I was shy to a crippling degree, that I was shaken after being chewed out by my boss during my internship . It spiralled from the initial symptoms of nervousness, causing me to hyperventilate and unable to calm down. I continued ignoring these symptoms and as time went on, it felt as if I was having a panic attack for days on end.
A straining in my chest, being on constant edge and what felt like never being able to breathe in enough air. It made me over-analyse everything and everyone, all in regards to my self worth. When I went to University, into a course that was difficult to get into, I thought it would give me that validation I subconsciously craved, that I was good enough, that it would make me more confident.
But it only got worse.
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