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Product Details

  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: AuthorHouse (March 13, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1438957319
  • ISBN-13: 978-1438957319
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 9 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #194,373 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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Shannon Shy is an attorney, a retired U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Lieutenant Colonel, and the author of three books: "It'll be Okay": How I Kept Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) from Ruining My Life (Authorhouse 2009); "Dad, I Love You All the Way to God and Back": Observations From a Five-Year Old & Five Pledges For Dads (Authorhouse 2011), and "Hope is On Your Side: A Motivational Journal for Those Affected with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder" (Tate Publishing 2014). He and his wife Debbie have three children--Alex, Andrew, and Samantha--and live in Virginia. Shannon lettered in wrestling at and graduated from Missouri State University and got his law degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Prior to moving to the private sector, Shannon spent 24 years with the Department of the Navy as an active duty and reserve Marine and as a civil servant. In 2007, he retired from the Marine Corps Reserve as a Lieutenant Colonel and was awarded the Legion of Merit Medal. He has earned three Civilian Service Awards, including the Distinguished Civilian Service Award, which is the highest honorary award the Secretary of the Navy can confer upon a civilian. Shannon serves as an officer on the International OCD Foundation's Board of Directors, serves as a Board member for the Trillium Drop In Center in Woodbridge VA, and works with the Adversity to Advocacy (A2A) Alliance. Dedicated to "Giving Back," 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. NVYAA teams have won five American Youth Football (AYF) national championships and engaged in local, national, and international community service projects. Since 2007, Shannon has served as AYF's National Membership Director. Shannon serves as the public address announcer for C.D. Hylton High School's football and lacrosse programs, for the Elite Basketball Showcase Classic in Washington DC, and for the AYF National Championships and AYF 8th Grade All Star Game. He also serves as a play-by-play announcer for the Gameday Broadcast Network. In December 2013, Shannon was appointed to the 21-Member National Council on Youth Sports Safety.

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A name is Required 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 served 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.

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I felt this book was very well written.
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I recommend this easy to read book to anyone who themselves have OCD or know of someone with this problem.
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Shannon's story has given me great hope that it is possible to win the battle with OCD.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Arkansas on August 28, 2009
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I am by no means a book reviewer. This is something I feel the need to do. I came across this book, not looking for one, but thank God that he lead me to it. Shannon's story has given me great hope that it is possible to win the battle with OCD. I needed so much to hear a sucess story. Anyone suffering with OCD can understand. That is exactly what Shannon's story is. It is so easy to read. From the moment I picked it up, it moved me. I didn't put it down until I finished. I had to know how this man was able to overcome this. I'm just beginning to implement his tools, knowing there is still a journey ahead of me. But, I believe I have found a simple practical way to live a life fulfilled. The groundrules and checkpoints he uses make so much sense and seem so simple to apply. I want to encourage anyone with OCD to read this book, it has given me the courage to know I can fight this and win. I thank God for answering my prayer of help through Shannon's struggles and triumph. My prayers are with you all and hope this review is helpful in your decision to read this book.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By DanC on October 1, 2009
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As someone who has had to deal with OCD for 25 years, this personal story, with its detailed explanation of how he overcame OCD, by Shannon Shy, speaks to both my heart and my mind. It is proof that OCD can be overcome through conscious and persistent steps in learning how to view your OCD and how to manage it effectively.
People usually don't want to hear about how to "manage" a disease or condition; they want a complete cure. But the truth is that even people who do not have a disease or condition experience the same problems and challenges, perhaps to a lesser degree. My point is that everybody has stress and anxiety, times of deep sadness (depression), anger, etc. The trick is to learn how to manage the accompanying thoughts and feelings so that they don't steamroll your life. Shannon Shy shows how he has effectively done just that, and although his method of overcoming OCD may not be exactly right for all OCD sufferers, it can be tweaked and personalized and also spark new ideas on how OCD can be effectively managed.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By D. Smith on August 1, 2009
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I strongly recommend this book to anyone whose life is touched by someone with OCD or OCD tendacies. It's a story of endurance, acceptance, and hope. Once you pick up the book , you can't put it down. As in all good books, you'll experience a range of emotions when reading it, laughter and tears. But most importanly, you glean a better understanding of the struggles of OCD, and have more courage to face all obstacles of this life.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By carolina cook on March 11, 2011
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I bought this book for my 16-year-old son with OCD. His OCD differs from Mr. Shy's, but Mr. Shy's story and the methods for continuing to keep his symptoms in check are a great help and encouragement. I think this is the best book I've read (and I've read tons) in terms of a successful personal experience as an example for an older teen or adult.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Maryjane Portell on June 2, 2009
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Anyone that suffers with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) will find this book to be an important missing link in their road to recovery. It is easy-to-read and understand.
I know you will enjoy reading this book as much as I have!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mrs Angela B. on September 17, 2009
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I purchased this book for my niece who suffers with OCD. She said this book was fantastic. Many of the OCD books out there don't focus on the types of symptoms she has. She said the author of this book had the exact obsessions as she has. I think it gave her a lot of hope!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By D. Duckworth on July 1, 2009
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This book was such a refreshing and candid dialogue about what a surprising number of people are experiencing. The tools in this book for overcoming OCD are easy to understand and encouraging. If this book was intended to encourage people to overcome the challenges that OCD carries with it, then this book definitely suceeds at what it sets out to do. Perhaps just as important, this book helped me to understand and have empathy for how debilitating and frustrating OCD can be.
Thanks to Shannon Shy for having the courage to share and a gift for raising awareness and encouraging others - not easy tasks for today's writers.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mary B. Mahoney on October 9, 2009
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I felt this book was very well written. It's heartfelt, to the point, and witty as well. I felt the book captured very well how ocd can interupt a normally strongwilled, determined, put together person that you would never think could be touched by such a disorder! As well as how he, his family and support people in his life worked to gain control again. Very well done. Very informative.
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