About Me and my rOCD journey
I am me. rOCD is a little tiny portion of my life because I will not let it define me and I do not let it bother me. I acknowledge its presence but I do not pay much attention to it.
The difficult and confusing start
I was diagnosed with a special flavour of OCD in early 2011. After many months of struggles I had finally found out what was happening to me. I had an amazing girlfriend but I was having difficulty in finding happiness in my relationship. Fast forward many months and many therapists (and medication) I finally started finding a tiny semblance of peace. I took a step of faith and decided to get married as I was not going to let rOCD dictate my happiness.
Finding peace and helping others
A year later, I started a blog in an attempt of helping other rOCD sufferers. I vividly remembered that most forums and websites discussing rOCD did not provide solutions and ways to move forward. I wanted to do something different. I wanted to focus on solutions rather than problems. And so the blog grew as people were finding it useful. i kept on writing posts on the back of positive feedback. As more requests for help reached my inbox, I decided to write a book with the best advice that got me through, with the help of my wife.
Starting a business
I thought that my work was done then and focused on my professional career. I believed that the blog had everything needed for people to move forward. The requests were still reaching my inbox and it was not possible to help people on a general basis. This is when I started “Skyping” with people. I did this on a no-fee basis for a few years. This gave me the confidence of building a Skype based life coaching programme for rOCD sufferers. In this way, I could reach people at a more personal level. Soon, there is going to be an online course available too.
My outlook on Life
In a funny way, although painful, I am thankful to my rOCD for teaching me many different lessons about myself. As a person of faith, I am also thankful to God for allowing this experience and the support through other people to move forward. I am happily married and have two little children. I could not imagine my life without them.