I’m going to be swimming from Alcatraz island into San Francisco as part of the Escape from Alcatraz triathlon to benefit the International Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Foundation .
Last year, I was overwhelmed by the support so many of you provided for the Foundation, and as I’ve gotten more involved with the organization, I’ve seen how this support has helped children, adults and their families take back their lives from this insidious illness. OCD isn’t the desire to be neat and tidy all the time. It’s all types of intrusive thoughts that those with OCD can’t get out of their head. They are in their own prison, sometimes unable to leave their house and live productive and happy lives.
My daughter was diagnosed with OCD at age 17 after struggling with the illness all her life. During her senior year of high school, which should have been a very happy time of her life, her OCD became so bad that she was not functioning. With help from Bradley Hospital she was able to take her life back.
There are other children and adults who are not so lucky and do not have the access to treatment that Jordan had. With the right resources, the IOCDF can help more people take back their lives. You can help me provide potentially life saving treatment for these people. Anything helps. Thank you!