Encouraging Carley

“Somedays we’re encouraging Carley. Somedays we are Carley. There’s a strength in vulnerability that has no substitute or equal. Gosh, I really hate it when that vulnerability overwhelms me, but I highly recommend it.” “Love to you, Carley” (not her real name). “You’ve got this.” “I believe in you. You can do this.” “ERP isContinue reading “Encouraging Carley”

Echoes of Traumas Past

“Then one day, the echo of sobs from months long past bounces back. We hear the sorrow, grief, loss, and pain, and it’s almost too much to revisit. My God, what do we do with this wayward emotion we thought long gone?“ If this is your first visit to my blog, welcome and let meContinue reading “Echoes of Traumas Past”

Confrontation vs. Conversation

“Ask anyone who has stood up for what they believe in, OCD or not. Most valiant moments start out with the hero about to vomit.” My daughter has come a long way from the dark days of lying on the floor sobbing while deep in the throes of OCD’s demanding embrace, and so have I.Continue reading “Confrontation vs. Conversation”

Our Struggle Is Not Your Cliché

“If the palms of the hands told the future, as some believed, then her present was written for all to see, painful, burning obsession, not content to be contained inside her mind, but making its presence known for the world to see, slashing its way across her skin.” Recently, other members of the OCD communityContinue reading “Our Struggle Is Not Your Cliché”

Born Too Soon for Help

“For me, his kindness is not diminished by what he felt he had to do to survive. I remember a sweet old man communing with feral kindred spirits, moments of peace with feline vagabonds.” My family and I sat in our Buick and watched as a sweet old man with snow white hair, a wornContinue reading “Born Too Soon for Help”