What brings me to studying disability studies and mental illness in relation to literature? The summer after my freshman year I was diagnosed with obsessive-compulsive disorder, or OCD. My journey with OCD has been a long one. There was a time when my obsessions and rituals took up nearly every hour of the day, when I could barely leave my house, and when my parents thought they had lost their daughter forever. When my ability to function was quickly declining, I decided to take a medical leave of absence from Bryn Mawr my sophomore year. I enrolled in an intensive OCD treatment program, which gave me back the life I had lost and I was able to return to Bryn Mawr the following year.