Screen Shot 2015-07-25 at 7.08.27 PMWe’re less than one week away from one of my favorite events of the year: the International OCD Foundation Annual Conference. This year it’s being held in the IOCDF’s hometown of Boston, and those of us going on Dr. Jonathan Grayson’s Virtual Camping Trip will get to explore some of the innards of the city, so to speak, in great detail on Friday night. But more about that later…

When I went to my first conference in 2010 in Washington, DC, I knew no one. I remember talking to my friend Linda the night before the first day of the conference, telling her what I vowed to do: I was going to find people to go to lunch with that first day. I was determined to introduce myself to as many people at the conference as possible.

Because I knew that for the very first time in my life, I was going to have the opportunity to meet other people who also had OCD.

Little did I know the lifelong “aha!” moment that promise to Linda would produce. How it would change the course of my life and start me on a journey that not only included finally recovering from OCD, but also changing careers to become an OCD specialist, giving the keynote address at the IOCDF conference in 2013, starting a new business, and making amazing and inspiring friends, including those people with whom I ate lunch (and dinner!) that very first day.

Five years later, I’m honored to be giving workshops and co-hosting activities with some of the friends I’ve continued to make at the IOCDF conference over the years. We hope the programs we offer will be informative, entertaining, and well … fun. Because although OCD is a serious disorder and getting better is serious business, a big of part of recovery is building a life you want to live — one filled with laughter, friends, and fun. And the conference can be a great place to get started.

So we hope you’ll attend some of these events below. See you in Boston in just a few days!

Therapists with OCD Support Group

Coping with and Preventing Relapse: Create Your Personal OCD Recovery Maintenance Plan

The GOAL Support Group and Virtual Camping: The 15th Annual Road to Recovery Tour

Don’t Talk to Me Like That! Maximize Your OCD Recovery Using Self-Compassion

The IOCDF Therapists with OCD Special Interest Group