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“Oh, That’s Real?”

Greetings internet friends! This is my first bloggy blog.

You know, that isn’t scripted or anything.

A bloggy blog.

Okay I’ll stop calling it that.

But on a more serious note, I wanted to do some minor house keeping first before I got into the inspiration of this post. I just recently published my first “Emetophobia & Me” guest blogging post.

The one thing I forgot to mention before I hit post was that I’m taking submissions! If you’d like to send me your emetophobia story (either giving your name, or anonymously) you can email me at youmeandemet@gmail.com and I’ll post them in the order I receive them.

Now on to business…

Something weird happened to me recently. I’ve heard a lot of reactions when it comes to telling people I have emetophobia. I’ve had people just stare at me, laugh at me and say “How in the world can you be scared of THAT?” and of course understanding. But for the first in my life I got, “Oh, that’s real?”

So, let’s give some context.

I was talking with someone and let them know I had a phobia of throwing up. I had confidence going into this they would understand because they themselves suffer from a phobia (not the same one) and figured they’d understand it’s strangeness. After spending some time discussing it with them, I solidified what I thought was at least apathy and a common understanding.

Now we fast forward a few months and I’m out to lunch with said individual. I casually mentioned I started a Facebook group online for emetophobics, and then I noticed the weird look on their face. I asked them what and they promptly replied, “Oh, I didn’t know that was a real thing. That’s a real thing?”

I was so surprised that for the past few months they had assumed my phobia was fake that all I could do was be like, “Yes it’s real, let me explain.” One hour and a fact sheet later, they had a list of questions and a new appreciation for how I manage my anxieties.

Granted, I realize that a lot of people don’t know this phobia exists, but it is one of the most common phobias in this day and age. It does surprise me I can’t even be mad about it, but it leads me to wonder what’s the strangest response you’ve gotten from telling someone about your phobia or anxieties? It doesn’t have to just be emetophobia, any phobia works. I just want to know. Leave them in the comments below!

Until next time, Internet.

If you would like to email me, you can send any questions, concerns, comments or suggestions to contact@hashtagfearless.com. I will do my best to respond to you within 48 hours, but if for some reason I cannot get back to you in that time frame, I promise I will always respond as soon as possible. You can also find me on  FacebookTwitterPinterest and Instagram

Lastly, I run an Emetophobia Support Group on Facebook. Emetophobia is the intense and irrational fear of throwing up, and it is one struggle I am passionately engaged in. The group is a closed, by request only group to help facilitate sharing and support by all members. It is also private, meaning that the posts you and others make will not show up publicly in your newsfeed.

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