MELBOURNE, Australia, Aug. 22, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- On the 26th of July in 2011 Catherine Plano experienced her very first, very public, very debilitating panic attack. She was on a busy commuter train in New York City, and she had to get off … NOW! Since she couldn't move, the utter of debilitation, hyperventilating and trembling, Catherine's husband had to take control and soothe her as best he could as he carried her off the train, putting her on the ground while having a seizure attack, police quickly surrounding them, while waiting for the ambulance to arrive.
"It was a really scary experience, because I lost complete control of my body," said Catherine from her home in Melbourne's inner South East. "I really thought I was dying. It wasn't until I spent most of that day in the hospital that I understood I was having a panic attack."
Catherine could have quietly dropped out of her life and hid from the world while anxiety crept into many areas of her life, instead, she chose to be curious about what was happening to her and became an advocate for her own healing. This in turn paved the way for the self-described "passionate transformational thought leader, change instigator and creative mind" to write her debut book: Getting to the Heart of the Matter: The No Nonsense Guide to Personal and Professional Transformation. This self-help guide for women (men will enjoy it too) will gently guide you to find out what's really important to you and to help you create the mindset to achieve. Catherine has lived through some tough times and therefore is the ideal guide.
"I've always been this really strong minded, strong woman, an entrepreneur, executive, I had been in the corporate environment for over 22 years, so I was used to being in control. Learning about what brought me to that point and what to do next, was frightening, but it became the gift that defined the biggest change in my life."
And like all the good stories, this one has a happy ending, as well as the promise of a new beginning.
Getting to the Heart of the Matter is a step-by-step, (chapter by chapter) guide to finding out who you are and what you want. It is simple to say, but not so simple to do, as many busy women will attest. Getting to know yourself and what you want in your life is a worthy pursuit and can be healing for you and the people you care about. It's an interesting phenomenon that most women struggle to even find time to contemplate this most basic question: What do I want?
"I ask women all the time, what they want out of life, and they can't answer. I want to be a part of a movement that changes that. Getting to the Heart of the Matter is about deep-diving into the unconscious choices women make while offering tools and guides to help light up some of the baggage that we carry."
Getting to the Heart of the Matter is available at:
Release date: November 22, 2016
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SOURCE Catherine Plano