I am writing to express my heartfelt gratitude for the support you have provided to enable my son Daniel, now 17, to receive treatment at the Child & Adolescent Center at Rogers Memorial Hospital, and I wanted to share some of his story with you. I cannot begin to describe how very ill Daniel was when he first arrived at Rogers. He suffers from severe OCD and Tourette’s syndrome, and in his case it had become so debilitating and physically and mentally impairing that he was barely able to function.
Before Daniel became so at age 14, I was among the general public who thought that OCD was all about excessive hand-washing and Tourette’s was about swearing. Jokes are often made about both disorders amongst the uneducated media, which results in widespread ignorance about how seriously debilitating and disabling these illnesses can be as well as other mental illnesses that are often misunderstood and minimized.
Prior to Daniel coming to Rogers, I had taken him to numerous doctors, psychologists, and neurologists. Various treatments and medications were tried with no success while Daniel continued to spiral downward. We live in Virginia so the thought of sending my only child so far away to Wisconsin for treatment when he was so ill was frightening to say the least.