this window to return to the
This letter was sent to us by Andrew, who is one of the people profiled in our video release, OCD: The War Inside, produced by the National Film Board of Canada. We are posting it here at his request.
I am proud to tell you that my OCD is now under control, the medication working to its fullest, and support continues to be fantastic. I am now working as an information technologist when not in school. I am going to a private residential school in Massachusetts, and am having one of the best experiences of my life. It is a wonderful boarding school for students with ADD, and I go there because I learn differently. I am home every three to five weeks, and often go to New York City to take a break from campus life. I am playing golf, working on computers, and getting ready for University, either in Canada or the U.S. I recently made a website and bought the domain name, okbluejay.com. It is up and running. It was an honors project and I got an A in the class!!!
The family's doing well. The little girl you saw in the documentary, my sister Ainsley, is doing very well and is not so little anymore. She is now in high school and is achieving great success.
I am currently sixteen years of age, and am doing better than ever. My OCD is under control, and I am not dealing with any of it right now. The medication I am on has saved my life, and with the unyielding support of family members and great friends, I have changed from a small boy, to a fine young gentleman. I am currently on Luvox, Risperadel, Rivatrel, Ritilian, and Concerta. I take seven pills in the morning, and nine at night. My Tourettes has not been affecting me in the past two years, and my rages are completely gone.
I have made two speeches, one being at the hospital for sick children in Toronto, Ontario, in front of three hundred doctors, researchers, and parents. I am very proud of myself for how far I have come. I think we all know that the condition we have is one thing and fighting it is another. We can choose to curl up in bed for the rest of our lives or to fight our problems until they have been overcome. As I type this message I deeply feel the pain and suffering families are going through of having to deal with a family member who has Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. I feel your pain, and I want everybody to know that. I have been there. I would rather have had cancer even taking the chance of dying from it if it got to that stage than to have gone through what I did.
OCD is a war. A war without bombs. A war without fighter jets. A war that is fought in your mind. A war that can be fought. A war that can be won. None of this embarrassing war with Iraq. I have fought OCD on my own, and look at me now. I have come so far, and there is so much to look forward to in life.
this window to return to the