I am a 26 year old New Yorker. Also very type A and driven with a clear vision for my life. Similar to Giulia, I have always wanted to be a mother. Though I am not yet, I hope to be sometime soon. A year ago, about 3 months prior to my wedding I had a massive panic attack that spurred an onset of OCD. Since, I have been learning to face down that demon on a daily basis. While my battle certainly pales in comparison to yours, I still take much hope and comfort in your story. When it began, my biggest fear was that my husband would not be up for the challenge. But every day, he wakes up and faces it down with me. It is bringing me to tears to even write that. I am so grateful that someone is sharing the positive side of mental illness. Giving hope. Changing stigmas for the better. ***

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