Dana realized that she needed help and began seeing a psychotherapist. "I wanted to be able to admit my fears, my anxiety, my shame, my failures. It's a much richer way to live," she says.
In her book A Special Education, Dana writes about juggling a career in fashion, family and a daughter with special needs, all while never asking for help or sympathy. "People I had worked with for 20 years said, 'Dana, I had no idea.'...I was really good at holding it in," she says.
These days, Charlotte is a college coed, who Dana says is having a blast. "What's ironic is [Charlotte] was always okay," she says. "She wore her weaknesses and vulnerabilities on the outside and was fine with it. It was through her example, someone who couldn't hide behind this perfectionist façade, who taught me that maybe it's okay. You can have a very rich, full, maybe fuller...definitely fuller life if you just bring up whatever is there."