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Ronda says her obsessive-compulsive behavior started when she and her husband purchased their first home. She believes she probably inherited the condition from her grandmother, who owned a beautiful, immaculate home but refused to live it in for fear of getting it dirty. Instead, every day for 14 years, Ronda's grandmother lived in a shack in the backyard.

"I spent a lot of time with her in the little room," Ronda says. "There was no bathroom. There was a shower that she had my grandfather hook up outside. ... If it was winter, it was cold." Instead of an indoor bathroom or even an outhouse, their toilet was an area of ground spread with gravel.

"When they sold their house, it was a brand new home," Ronda says. "It was 14 years old, but if you opened the oven, you'd see the warranty inside the plastic. She didn't want anything to be used. ... I know how she felt."
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Published on October 19, 2006

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