Hi, I’m Bill Valandreas, dad of three lovely boys, IT executive and entrepreneur.
I would like to share with you the story of my last panic attack and what have I learned from it.
It was back in 2006 when I was walking with my wife and our Sherpa guide at the Annapurna track at the Himalayas.
I’m not an advanced trekker, but I really love going out on the mountains whenever I get the chance.
So, here we were walking above 10.000ft (3.200m) when suddenly I began feeling that something is going wrong.
I was quite short of breath for some time but I thought that it was quite normal because of the high altitude.
My heart was pounding harder and harder and suddenly I felt that I was about to have a heart attack.
No matter how horrible I felt, I didn’t want to upset my wife, so I kept it all to myself.
The situation was getting worse and I finally asked for a break.
I had a few sips of water but the situation didn’t get any better.
I was feeling hopeless.
I knew that we were 5 days walk from the nearest dirt road; then a few hours’ drive to Kathmandu and then another 10.000 miles away from home.
I didn't know what to do; I was feeling hopeless at the end of the world.
My heart was about to explode and I felt that I was about to faint away…
Then, suddenly I took notice of the snow covered mountain tops and the deep blue skies…