Day 40 of '40 DAYS OF FACING FEARS - finishing the 40-day challenge by facing a pointy-ended phobia

The below is from the original Facebook post from April 9th 2017:

Day 40 of '40 DAYS OF FACING FEARS - finishing the 40-day challenge by facing a pointy-ended phobia

Today's challenge was not just outside my comfort zone, but a long-held phobia. For many people getting an injection or blood test may not seem like a big deal, but for me this has been a phobia/really extreme fear that has held me back at various points in my life. This was one challenge that I put on my list of ideas at the very start, not knowing whether I'd build up the courage to be able to face it. Part of this challenge has been about authenticity and vulnerability, so I'm posting an unflattering photo of me after crying heavily on-and-off for 30 minutes (sans makeup as I knew there was a high chance I'd cry - mascara in eyes is not fun) in the build up to getting the... approx. 3 second injection...

 My face shows how much crying I'd done and stress I'd put myself through in facing my longest-held fear (that had turned into a phobia) - getting an injection.

My face shows how much crying I'd done and stress I'd put myself through in facing my longest-held fear (that had turned into a phobia) - getting an injection.

While the injection itself may not last more than 10 seconds, my mind has gone into fight/flight (mainly flight) when I've had injections in the past, including today. To give an indication of how bad the fear has been in the past: I've been held down on the ground to get it while I fainted, I've been happy-gassed in order to relax (which was like being drunk 2 days in a row - felt very funny! haha). All rational thought goes out the window and irrational panic sets in - almost to the point of having a panic attack. Friends who've been there to support me in the past while I've had an injection or a blood test may be particularly proud of this first attempt of getting over this phobia. There's been something about the potential pain and giving trust over someone to break my skin and insert a sharp object into it. My brain would rather go sky diving - that's how bad the fear has been.

 My face shows how much crying I'd done and stress I'd put myself through in facing my longest-held fear (that had turned into a phobia) - getting an injection.

My face shows how much crying I'd done and stress I'd put myself through in facing my longest-held fear (that had turned into a phobia) - getting an injection.

(If anyone has a similar fear, I recommend seeing Campbell at the Pharmacy on Willis Street across from Tank Juice on a weekend day. He's amazingly patient and kind!)

I'm sincerely grateful for all of the support and proud of myself for my dedication and stubbornness in completing this challenge. I'm not going to lie: it's been a great experience yet also really difficult. To consistently do and find the time to do something that is either new or outside of my normal comfort zone each day has been challenging (and lead to many exhausted days). I'm looking forward to a bit of a rest to reflect on the last while and to figure out my next challenge.

Thanks everyone for reading along, suggesting ideas and providing encouragement - it's been needed and appreciated. Thanks, team, you've all been stars! If anyone has any ideas for the next 'challenge', please let me know! I'd like to keep doing some form of challenge in order to keep the momentum going :)

And, if anyone is interested in doing something similar, let me know. I'd either be keen to join in or to provide moral support and ideas, if needed :) xx