Thursday, August 16, 2012

Thank you, Chieko.

As I live with anxiety, I am not alone. I have support from my sweet husband, my family, God, my friends, and others. For some of my first posts I wanted to mention some outside sources that have really helped me in my journey with anxiety. One person who has helped me in countless ways is a woman named Chieko Okazaki. The strange thing about our relationship is that she doesn't know who I am. In fact, she passed away last year. She has written several books for women in the LDS church. I was introduced to her writings when a woman in my ward used a powerful quote from one of her books. The quote hit me with such force I couldn't go many days without getting a hold of that book. The quote talked about our Savior and how He died for us and knows exactly who we are and what we are going through. I had heard this many times before, but the way she described it so specifically and personally touched me in a way I had never felt before. I knew that even though my anxiety made me feel alone, I wasn't. Not only do I have loved ones on earth who care about me, I have a Heavenly Father and a Savior, Jesus Christ, who know me perfectly and love me with a perfect love. My Savior knows all the emotions I have as a result of anxiety. He has felt the frustration and despair I feel at times. I am not alone.
I would suggest this book to anyone and everyone. Ironically, I visit the DI (Deseret Industries) often, and there are always at least two copies of the book there. This has shocked me because the book helped me in my life so much I can't imagine not having it on my bookshelf.


  1. Love your blog, Chelsea! I'm always so impressed with people being open and authentic about their experiences. I've had some anxiety since Spencer has come, and it is NOT FUN.

    Chieko Okazaki is one of my favorites. She puts things in such a way that really make sense to me. She's amazing.

    Another book you might like (it's not religious, but very very good) is called "I Thought it Was Just Me" by Brene Brown. She is a shame researcher and discusses how when we are authentic we open ourselves up to new connections with people and can gain strength. Anyhow, I found it very insightful!

    1. Thank you Jackie! I need to check out that book! I hope all is going well.