…”Once the fear of embarrassing myself grabbed me, I couldn’t get loose. It was as if a bizarre and terrifying unreality had replaced everything that was familiar and safe. I felt powerless to think or reason my way out of the panic.
…”I kept trying to remember the words, but they slipped through my fingers like mercury, defying me to try again. The harder I tried, the more elusive they became. The best I could do was to not black out, and I got through the show, barely, by telling myself repeatedly, ‘Stay conscious, stay conscious.’”
…”Being in show business, it was embarrassing to come out with this disorder, which at the time I didn’t even know what it was called. I just thought I was crazy. I can’t even tell you how important it is to know that you aren’t alone and others have suffered and gotten through it.” (more)