Bio: I'm a person who has battled with Anxiety Disorders in varying degrees for most of my life. As a child i struggled with differing mental obsessions and social anxiety. After marrying and the birth of our first child my anxiety disorders peaked to an excruciating level. I experienced so many Panic attacks in a day that I would lose count. I began to struggle with excruciating obsessional themes that robbed me of my ability to enjoy any aspect of life ranging from the simple pleasure of being able to eat without gagging on my food to just being able to get a few hours of sleep per night. Over the years I've struggled with mental obsessions that were related to my causing harm to loved ones, harm to myself, health obsessions, driving phobia and religious obsessions. It wasn't until I reached the age of 50 that I finally gained the knowledge that I had been struggling with OCD of the Pure O variety for most of my life. That discovery changed my life in that I finally understood what had been wrong with me and more importantly how to manage it. My experience of living with this excruciating disorder has created a level of compassion in me for others who share my disorder. Right alongside of this new level of empathy and compassion for those who are hurting has come a greater appreciation of and wonder at the grace and strength that my Lord Jesus has provided in and through all of it. It is truly IN trials and suffering that we become conqueror's as we lay hold of His grace and power to press on. If it weren't for my affliction I doubt I'd ever have understood the words of the apostle Paul as he penned his letter to the Corinthian believers: "I will therefore glory in my affliction in order that the power of Christ may rest more fully upon me." Over the past couple years I've been writing and sharing with others about my disorder and have found that it's such a blessing to offer up hope and encouragement to others who are struggling. I've also written and published a book about my life with Panic Disorder and OCD which is available for purchase as an E-book on Amazon.com. I'll be sharing excerpts from that publication from time to time in blog format. I am currently working on a fictional novel that relates the story of a teen girl who struggles with anxiety and how it impacts her daily life.