“Although grateful that he was not diagnosed with a life-threatening illness, the crushing blow came to us when told that his symptoms were the result of one thing:  anxiety.    Anxiety to do everything well, to please his teachers, his coaches and yes, his parents.  Heartbreaking.  We/I were/was to blame. I took my competitive drive in the business world, in the boardroom, and transferred that to my son.  Plain and simple. Our lofty expectations and standards were too much for him to bear.  How could I have done this to my beautiful child”?

“My son showed me that he could have “balance” with both school and swim but on his own terms, not mine, without being sleep deprived, without caffeine, without hysteria”.