Rachel’s Story

Rachel’s story

When I was 6 months pregnant I found out I had to move to St Austell from Truro, St Austell isn’t a place I know well so I was already feeling anxious in the months I lived there before I had Freya. After I had her it seemed to of tripled, I felt isolated because I was far away from all my family with a new baby, I didn’t drive, all my friends left when I had Freya so I felt I had no one to turn to that would understand.

I started noticing little things I got mostly physical symptoms of anxiety my chest would go tight I wouldn’t be able to breathe then I noticed things to not wanting to get out of bed crying all day and then putting a brave face on when my partner came home, I finally admitted to myself that I wasn’t right I wasn’t me and something needed to change I went to the doctors I got anti depressants and I got online therapy. The online therapy wasn’t working and I felt myself back to square one. That’s when I saw a post on St Austell Mums facebook page about Untangled. I felt nervous because I get panic attacks around new people and I find it hard to speak to people I don’t know so walking into a group of mums can be scary. As soon as I walked in I felt a sense of comfort. Everyone was so lovely and after a few weeks of going I started to feel I was coming out of my shell a bit, I was leaving the house, I was getting out of bed excited to leave the house.

I found my new loved hobby, learning how to crochet, from being inspired by the ladies at the group. After a few weeks of going I stopped my online therapy because the only thing that helped me over come my anxiety was being able to leave the house to go to group. It gave me a new found confidence that I wasn’t alone and I had friends who cared about me, how I was feeling and who would listen. A few months on I’m not having any therapy, I’m leaving the house, I’m happy to live where I am and I’m coming off my tablets in October. I don’t know where I would be today without Untangled, all of the lovely ladies there have helped me in more ways than they know and I’ve never been so proud to be a member of the Untangled family.