The Winston family once again will be participating in the 6th Annual 1 Million Steps 4 OCD Walk in Boston Sunday, June 3rd to benefit the International OCD Foundation (IOCDF). The IOCDF helps children, families, and individuals affected by OCD and related disorders live full and productive lives.
At the age of 10, my daughter Chloe develop signs of OCD. Chloe is the middle child sandwiched between Isabel who at the time was 12 and David 7. Emily the oldest was 15.
Our morning routines were chaotic enough and they became more complicated when OCD setbacks started. One morning when Chloe was getting dressed; I found Chloe crying on the floor. "My nose touched my shirt, and now all my clothes are dirty." Another time Chloe finished showering, and then I found her back in the shower 30 minutes later. "Why are you showering again, Chloe?!" She kept repeating and repeating "I feel dirty" until she broke down in tears.
It started getting harder and harder to get Chloe ready for school. She was stuck, confused, worried and frustrated. Her siblings started getting annoyed at her for taking so long in the morning. "Mommy, I can't be late for school again" Emily would announce. I realized something was not right with my little girl. As I search for answers Chloe's symptoms got worst, I watched Chloe's free and joyful spirit fade, only to be replaced with sadness, and doubt.
I later learned studies find that it takes an average of 14-17 years from the time OCD begins for people to obtain appropriate treatment. That's a lot of suffering the person and their family.
There are also at least 1 in 200 or 500,000 – kids and teens that have OCD. This is about the same number of kids who have diabetes.
I raise money and support the International OCD Foundation because it was in this community that I found the help I needed when I was struggling to ease the pain my family was feeling. Chloe got the help she needed, and over the years she has gotten her free spirit and smile back again.
Please consider donating to our OCD Walk fundraiser and learn more about the IOCDF's programs and resources at www.iocdf.org. Every donation no matter the amount will make a difference.
Thank you for your love and support.