Identical twins, Sara and Amanda began to engage in strange and secret rituals when they were just toddlers. Their mother noticed that when they would try to put their sneakers on it would take hours.
Their girls refused to complete the task unless their socks were wrinkle-free and their laces were tied in a specific way. Eventually, the girls would be diagnosed with excessive compulsive dysfunction.
The condition would become so severe that Sara and Amanda would take 10 hours showers, often scrubbing so much with soap their skin would peel off.
They felt tortured by their condition, but fortunately, they received a life-changing deep-brain stimulation surgical procedure that allowed them to manage the OCD. Now, they are steadily easing back to a “normal,” life. They can leave the house, have friends, and jobs again.
The only issue is there is one thing Sara and Amanda haven’t been able to do: they haven’t spent one night apart from each other in 15 years.
Sara and Amanda appeared on The Doctors who challenged them to spend the night in separate hotel rooms. The two women were panicked by the request but agreed. They kept video diaries of the night and felt almost cripplingly alone. Then something amazing happened: they got through it.
To their mother’s pride, they were able to become independent, and while it’s just the beginning, it still a huge leap forward.
“I’m really proud of you two for how you’ve come,” says ER Physician Dr. Travis Stork.
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