FAN OF THE WEEK




FOR THE WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 17, 2007



Tami A.

Hi. I don't know how many of the entrants to this contest have a story like this one, but I thought it was worth telling.  I had been worried for a long time that I was losing my mind, because I couldn't go to bed without checking the doors exactly three times, unlocking and re-locking them each time. I have to have every book pushed as far back on a shelf as they will go or it leaves me feeling absolutely jittery. That's right, I was an undiagnosed OCD sufferer.

Don't get me wrong, I don't vacuum the ceiling, and germs aren't one of my problems, but whenever I come across a digital clock that reads XY:59 I have to watch it turn to the next hour, and I mean I HAVE to.

I discovered MONK about four episodes into the first season and when I saw it my jaw dropped. He was acting like me! At first I was skeptical as to whether his disorder was real or imagined, but when I told my phsyciatrist about my weird habits and asked him about it he had this light in his eyes go *ping!* and he said he thought that I might be OCD. (He is also a MONK fan incidently. My own personal Dr. Kroger.)

Anyway watching MONK led to me to my problem and after I knew that, Monk led me to realize, through his services on behalf of his community, that I could have an at least semi-productive life. Maybe I'll even get over my fear one day and get my drivers license (6 years late, LOL).

So I think that I deserve to be MONK fan of the week because the show really did change my life. I can be brave, and do something good in the world (even if I have to straighten all the books along the way.)

Tami A.



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