Been there, done that Vinsanity, although mine happened a little later in life.
This is how it happened to me.
It happens still after 25 years, but it hasn't been as bad recently. It has been much easier to accept and deal with. Now it's just a shrug and a "here we go again" until it passes ... and it always does. Look at it this way. Panic is like surfing. You can either fight it, fall in and get attacked by sharks, or you can try and keep your balance and let it take you for a ride. Either way you'll end up back on the beach.