Jodie Palmer is a mother of two young children. The 23-year-old hasn’t left her home in 17 years. Palmer felt a crippling anxiety whenever she left her home since she was 3 years old.
As a child, she was homeschooled. But after her mother died, the condition became much worse.
“From the age of 3 I remember feeling panicked and never wanting to leave my parents’ side. The only thing I can think of that triggered it was having double pneumonia at the age of 3,” she told Caters. “I was having up to three panic attacks per day and constantly needed to be babysat as I couldn’t stay at home alone.”
Palmer is sharing her story to raise awareness about her mental illness, called agoraphobia. Palmer was introduced to her husband through a mutual friend. He always had to visit her, and they’d never gone on a proper date.
So she turned to hypnotherapy. And after an hour, she walked outside with hypnotherapist Robert Hisee.
“I never imagined I’d be walking outside the same day I met him, I have no idea how he did it but I’m hoping it permanently does the trick,” she said.
Palmer hopes that after 30 days of treatment she will be able to lead a fuller life and be the kind of mom she wants to be to her kids.
“I have never been clubbing, been on a date, or even taken my kids to the park, I used to just waste my days at home worrying,” the mother said.
It’s incredible that Palmer was able to face her fears after nearly two decades. It goes to show there are no insurmountable challenges in life, just fear.
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