I’d like to ask for prayers for my anxiety. Ever since I was around age 17 (I’m in my mid-twenties now), I’ve had terrible hypochondria (health anxiety - specifically, a fear that I have cancer or some other terrible disease). This occurred after a, by all accounts, young and inexperienced doctor examined me to make sure I was not losing weight for medical reasons, and thought he noticed swollen lymph nodes. Since that time, I have had numerous panic episodes that leave me with an almost unshakable sense that I have lymphoma, a kind of cancer - this is despite other doctors examining me since that time and noticing nothing unusual, etc.
Please pray that the Lord will provide me with guidance to carry this cross with more dignity and trust in Him. I find myself unable, many times, to trust in the Lord concerning all of this, and imagine myself dying soon and leaving my already tragedy-stricken family (other deaths have occurred recently, as well as cancer diagnoses, recoveries, etc. within my family) to grieve my premature death. Ask the Lord to heal both my body and mind.
Thank you all. My Catholic faith has been a great source of strength for me in all things, even this (though I fail often with this), as of late - I don’t know what I would do without my prayer life, the Mass, or the knowledge of the option of “offering it up” to the Lord for the relief of suffering and the reparation of sin.
Please also pray for all those of us who suffer from anxiety, health anxiety or otherwise.
Thank you very much, and may the Blessed Trinity Bless and Keep you all.
St. Dymphna, pray for us.