Was re-reading this tonight and once again feeling such overwhelming gratitude for the seven years I got to live with Desiree. This woman witnessed some of my darkest moments and NEVER abandoned me, not ever. She prayerfully and thoughtfully supported me, sometimes that meant talking through things, sometimes that meant just sitting there while I cried. My hope is for everyone– and especially those with a brain disorder like OCD– to have a friend like her. She is my angel.
If you follow my blog, then you’ve already been introduced to my roommate Desiree. She is a wonderful woman of God and one of my very favorite people. Because we have lived together for five years, she is one of the people who has seen me at my very, very worst, OCD-wise. I asked her to write a guest post about living with an obsessive-compulsive. Here it is:
by Desiree Wood
I don’t know how to describe what it’s like to live with someone with OCD, but you all know.
I’m sure Jackie told me that she had OCD while I was in college. She told me how hard it was—about thinking friends were demons or that she was destined for Hell, about sharing her struggles at camp the previous summer—but it just didn’t register. She hid it well for the first year or two that we were…
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What I can say for I have really started suffering from OCD 4 years ago, is it is amazing to know we have a close friend there for us, who saw us at our worst. A friend of mine ( who’s 20 years older and was at first my teacher when I went back to school ) had my back every step of the way and never ceased to believe in me. Looking back at what happened in 2013, lots of people would’ve ran away, scared. She didn’t. And I’ll forever be thankful for that. I know your roommate is God’s gift. And I’m glad that you’ve got someone like her in your life, too. 🙂