My Life with Tourette Syndrome: Just a “Tic” Away From Divine Intervention
This is a true story about a little girl who developed (what is now known as Tourette syndrome) in the 1950’s . The story of her life will begin t unfold in the pages of how she survived this unknown monster, battling multiple tic movements, tormenting fears and obsessive thoughts and behavior as a small child and into adulthood.
Elementary school proved to be a place of fear and unrest while coping with bullying children and teachers who didn’t understand how agonizing it was living her life under a microscope and experiencing the most excruciating embarrassment, while being stared at continually and asked “Why do you keep doing that” to which she had no answer.
The symptoms involved almost every part of her body, but mainly her head with jerking motions from side to side, facial grimaces, eye blinking, grunting, humming and repeating what people said (echolalia).
How did she cope with life while all of this was taking place in her mind and body, yet still maintain her sanity? How does she graduate, get married and have kids while experiencing tics, OCD, severe anxiety and depression? This is a story about a woman who came into life and through life with some scar tissue but not without divine intervention.
- Faith Stoddard, July 2012
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