"At first this memorial was meant to be nothing more than writing therapy at the suggestion of Miss Walsh, my agoraphobic English teacher, and the shrinks at the phobia center, but it got to be much more than that. I guess, somewhere along the line, the writing took over itself, and I was just a willing instrument."

"I don't like to be touched, much less probed by anything or anyone. Who knows? Perhaps, there's some deep, dark psychological reason for this, but I really don't think it's all that complicated. I just seem to get nervous when things or people get too close."

"That night, as I tossed and turned, I felt guilty about my thoughts. It wasn't that I wanted Jen to get really sick or anything. But I figured, if she came down with a little upset stomach, she'd have to cancel our plans, and I'd be able to buy a little time to try to figure out what was happening to

"Jen rambled on while I backed up into the elevator, watching as hordes
of people crowded into it. My heart was racing, and I wanted to scream,
but no sound came out. I felt like I was dying, and all I knew was that I
had to get out of that elevator and out of the whole department store."

"Okay, young lady, but it looks to me like she's hyperventilating. At least,
let her breathe into this paper bag," he said, grabbing a brown bag from
somewhere under the front seat. "I come prepared with these since I had a few emergencies like this over the years. New Yorkers sure seem to be nervous these days. I guess it's the way we have to live. "Terrorism, high taxes, unemployment, plutonium levels in the drinking water, nuclear reactors leaking...and let's not forget about the bomb."

"But I still believe in Christina's battle philosophy. More now that ever! I wear an invincible uniform of inner strength and faith as I reach out along the way to God and to other soldiers for sustenance. And I'm always busy studying new strategies so that I'll be ready when the enemy starts creeping up on me, and I have no recourse but to counter-attack."

Counter-Attack---positive, but always realistic; it deals with the conditions of agoraphobia and panic attacks that plague millions today.

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