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May 11, 2020

‘Love Always, Lucie’: Local Author Addresses Anxiety

By Deirdre Flanagan Ward

Anxiety and fear have become the new norm for many during this recent pandemic, however, for others, anxiety has been present and constant all their life. Meet Holmdel native Lucie Bilotti Dickenson who chronicles her dance with anxiety in her recently published book, “Overreacting: A Memoir of Anxious Proportions.”

Dickenson describes growing up in her close-knit neighborhood as idyllic. Every day was a different adventure where doors were open, parents waved to each other, and kids roamed freely – riding bikes, zipping around on skateboards or using their own two feet. “It was all good,” she simply said.

However, Dickenson also noted that she was somewhat of a dramatic child, and somewhere between drama and actual childhood traumas, a space within her opened.

“I gave it permission to exist,” she said. “It began to take over and rule my life. I was no longer a dramatic child, but an anxious child.”

As she grew up, the neighborhood became more important. It represented safety.

Lucie Dickenson

“I needed the community for my own sanity,” she admitted. “There were always kids to hang out with and share your afternoons with. Outdoors was a must. It was part and parcel to being a kid. We would stay out until dark, and then we would scramble in all directions to get home just on time. Every parent had a different call for their child – a bell, a whistle, a scream. And each kid knew if they were called more than once, they were late. Washing up was a must because we were dirty. Or at least I was. I lived for nature, for friends and for the adventure. Dinner would be every night at the table, with the family. It was structure. It was safe. It was community.”

Although the book touches upon happy times growing up in Holmdel, Dickenson describes it as more of a memoir about her experience with debilitating anxiety – an anxiety that got so severe at one point, she ended up being carried out of her office on a stretcher.

In a twist of fate, she also describes this breakdown as “the beginning of the most beautiful journey that had me going from malnourished and confined to my room for months (unable to eat), to a strong, confident woman who began to view anxiety as a blessing.”

“I learned the importance of nutrition and self-care as well as learning to accept what I could not change,” she added. “The experience led me to understand the strength and power of the human body and spirit.”

Dickenson said she believes the last stage in healing is helping others, and her book outlines precisely what she did to get well. She hopes others will benefit from her story and experience. In addition, she created a company called Love Always, Lucie, which focuses on providing information and tools for others to overcome their symptoms and root cause of anxiety.

She also writes a weekly blog to inspire people to be their best and accept their imperfections.

“My passion is helping others to truly understand that their life stories hold the key to healing and connecting with others,” she said. “The more we can talk and open up, I believe the more we heal and understand one another.”


Be the light that expands the energy to a higher vibration. As you do this, others will watch and learn. It is contagious. As they learn to move energy in the right direction, it expands even more, and it becomes a collective consciousness. If we all worked towards kindness, imagine the possibilities and the outcomes? You can change the world. You are that amazing. You may be just a drop in the ocean, but remember what just one drop can do.

The Ripple Effect

Posted: April 15, 2018

By Lucie Dickenson


Three things to know about Dickenson:

  1. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English and always knew she would write, but went back to school to get her Functional Nutrition Certification so she could understand the relationship between food and anxiety.
  2. She plans on releasing a children’s book about anxiety in the near future to help kids address their anxieties in childhood before it manifests in adulthood.
  3. She believes humor is a large part of healing, and there is a ridiculous amount of humor sprinkled throughout her book.

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