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My Sister Threatens Me

Most people around me know of my fear of all things balloony. Especially my sister who the other day threatened me with some balloons. I'm not kidding here either. She'd just got back from a fair or something when she walked (on purpose) into the living room where I was quite happily sitting reading a book. She then produced form behind her a bunch of fully blown up balloons. It took me a second to notice them, then I shrieked - no lies. I'll never forgive her for it, my fear of helium balloons has now actually worsened.

Luangi Luangi 18-21, F 4 Responses Sep 27, 2007

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I have the exact same fear, but maybe worse than you. In public I will not display and fear, but I sometimes stare at them and have had a checker at a register wave her hand in front of my face to snap me out of it. I am also a war veteran and have almost no fear unless I think about balloons or death, and death doesn't always get to me, the idea of loosing loved ones does. This fear of balloons will follow me to the grave. I do not know what it is, but I stay away from them as much as I can. I hate balloons, I absolutely get very angry when I am forced to be around them for long periods of time. Why do people like them anyways? I cannot carry a rifle or a concealed weapon in California, only if you get a permit and still even though you qualify it is hard to get one. Why can people carry balloons around everywhere they go. People should know that those things are dangerous. lol I hate balloons.

Not many people know I'm like this, so luckily, no teasing.

I got teased my entire life about it by my dad and my brother. They'd chase me around with them squeaking them in their hands and laughing wickedly. So I completely get where you are coming from with this! IT also intensified my fear and made it even more traumatizing. It gives me a panic attack every time

I am lucky that no one teases me about this fear. My family respects it and just never makes me go into the stores that have balloons.