Thursday 2 August 2012, 19:09
On the post I wrote for the TV blog it was truly eye-opening for me to read so many tales of people in similar situations and to feel that by sharing our own stories we'd been able to reach out to others and open the lid on this secretive condition in order for it to become better understood.
Jasmine meets hoarder Allan and wife Marion in Britain's Biggest Hoarders
Some of the audience comments on the previous blog post really touched me, like this from Kay:
"I don't quite know where to begin to express all that I have felt watching this programme and the peace that has come from feelings about "not being the only one"."
And this from Alex:
"My brother was a hoarder and he eventually died through self neglect and the appalling conditions he lived in. He was only 50."
It's heartbreaking but the fact that so many people came forward to say "I'm struggling too!" has highlighted what I already suspected: that my family is not alone in dealing with this.
My mum's battle with hoarding is ongoing and although she now has a lot more space there is still plenty left to do and we are chipping away at it, little by little.
It took her more than 50 years to get to this stage and we've learned that a quick fix doesn't work in the long run. I feel that sensitive and sympathetic support is the only way forward.
I am so proud to be able to help others through my own experiences with mum.
If you live with this problem and you're battling to get the help you need or you want to tell your story, I would love to hear from you.
The independent production company Twofour (who made the first two programmes) are now making the new series on hoarding for BBC One.
The title of the series isn't decided yet but there will be three hour-long episodes.
UPDATE May 2013: Twofour have now found all the contributors to the series. Britain's Biggest Hoarders was broadcast on BBC One starting 9 May.
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