Life With TS

Updated on December 1, 2017

Have you ever done anything in public that made you feel embarrassed and you felt like all eyes were on you? If so, I would like to welcome you to the daily life of someone with Tourette's Syndrome. That embarassing feeling that I mentioned is a feeling that I personally experience on a daily basis. As previously stated in my bio, I was diagnosed with TS at the age of 7 and life has been a challenge ever since. Growing up with TS, you have no choice but to learn how to deal with it or you find yourself sheltered from the world which, in most cases, can result in depression. Although TS is rapidly becoming more common, I still encounter people every day that have no clue what it is and I feel that it is time to educate those who aren't familiar with it.
Tourette's Syndrome is a neurological disorder characterized by unvoluntary movements or vocal outbursts called tics. These tics can range anywhere from a simple eye blink to shouting curse words or even throwing up the middle finger, which is a personal tic of mine. If I'm being honest, it is my favorite tic because it gets the most laughs and I get the craziest looks from strangers. Those who know me know that my way of dealing with TS is making fun of myself. It helps me simmer the frustation I feel from others who aren't understanding and reminds me that the people that matter love me for who I am. It also helps me realize that I have no reason to feel embarassed.
Everyone has their own way of dealing with hardships in life but the main message that I would like to provide for anyone who reads this is everyone is unique in their own way. I understand what it is like to feel like your'e an outcast or that you are looked at differently than others because you aren't "normal". Well let me tell you something, nobody is normal. Everyone has flaws and that is perfectly okay. I am here to provide support for anyone who can relate whether you have TS or not and I want you to know that you are not alone. I believe that everything happens for a reason and no disorder should hold anyone back from achieving greatness.

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