The national OCD charity, run by and for people with lived experience of OCD
Hannah Climbing Snowdon
In July one of our amazing #FantasticFundraisers Hannah Nelson successfully climbed Snowdon, the highest mountain in Wales at an elevation of 1,085 metres above sea level.
She told us why she decided to take on this challenge for OCD-UK and how the climb itself impacted on her OCD...
Since I was 14 (I’m 18 now) I have suffered from contamination OCD and checking OCD.
I over-wash which leads to really dry hands and have to count so many things I do, my OCD also means I check for illnesses a lot.
It’s difficult because you feel you can’t move on to do something else until you’ve counted to the right number or washed a certain part because something bad could happen.
For a long time I couldn’t tell anyone because I was ashamed and thought I was the only one however recently have I plucked up the courage to start telling people and decided to go to the doctors to get professional assistance,
Because of this and because I want to help raise awareness for this debilitating mental illness which can affect many aspects of day to day life I took on this challenge to climb Snowdon, and I thank all my supporters who helped me.🧡
The fundraising challenge became a great therapeutic exposure too, because whilst I was hiking I also camped for two days which because of my contamination fears was as challenging as the hike itself! But I did it, and I am so proud of myself.
For anybody reading this who does add to my fundraising total, thank you in anticipation of your support, Hannah.