Shannon's story will be a major help to those who suffer from this potentially devastating illness as well as those who treat them. --Michael Jenike, M.D., Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard University; Medical Director, OCD Institute, McLean Hospital
Shannon provides his readers not only with practical advice about how
to manage OCD, but more importantly, shows us the meaning of courage
in the face your worst possible fears. --Diane Davey, RN, MBA, Program Director, OCD Institute, McLean Hospital
"It'll be Okay" is a must-read for anyone whose life has been touched by OCD. --Jeff Bell, Author, When in Doubt, Make Belief: An OCD-Inspired Approach to Living with Uncertainty
About the Author
Shannon Shy was the Keynote Speaker at the 2010 annual conference of the International OCD Foundation. He is a civilian attorney with the Department of the Navy. He and his wife Debbie have three children—Alex, Andrew, and Samantha—and live in Dale City, Virginia, just south of Washington DC. After graduating from Southwest Missouri State University and the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law, he went on active duty with the Marine Corps. In 1999, after eleven years of active duty, Shannon accepted a civil service position in Washington D.C. with the Department of the Navy Office of General Counsel and a Marine Corps Reserve commission. In 2007, he retired from the Marine Corps Reserve as a Lieutenant Colonel and was awarded the Legion of Merit Medal. In 2009, the Secretary of the Navy awarded him the Distinguished Civilian Service Award, which is the highest honorary award the Secretary can confer upon a civilian. In a volunteer capacity, Shannon has coached youth football, baseball, and soccer. In 2003, he co-founded the Northern Virginia Youth Athletic Association (NVYAA), a non-profit youth football and cheerleading organization dedicated to excellence in athletics, scholastics, and community service. Serving over two hundred children between ages 5 and 15, NVYAA teams won four American Youth Football (AYF) national championships from 2005 to 2007. From 2007 to 2009, Shannon serves part time as AYF’s National Membership Director. A “ham” behind the mike, Shannon volunteers as stadium announcer for C.D. Hylton High School’s football program and for the AYF national championships and national all-star game.