Alison Dotson, the author of Being Me with OCD: How I Learned to Obsess Less and Live My Life, was diagnosed with OCD at age twenty-six, after suffering from “taboo” obsessions for more than a decade. Today, she still has occasional intrusive thoughts, but she knows how to deal with them in healthy ways. Alison is the president of OCD Twin Cities, an affiliate of the International OCD Foundation, and the recipient of the 2016 International OCD Foundation Hero Award. Alison has spoken about her experiences with OCD with several media outlets, including The Atlantic, Glamour, Good Housekeeping, Health.com, and NBC. She lives in Minnesota with her two rescue dogs, Tuffy and Gracie, whose shenanigans make her laugh every day.