April 13, 2009

Life's a Twitch

I have decided to write about this now and not hide it away. I noticed some eyeblinking and twitching as far back as last April/May but chose to ignore it. I had always had weird ways and small tics, most of which I have been able to hide from people over the years. I did not take much notice but around the same time came my excess energy and hyperactivity (all this had always been present but now this was getting worse) My heart was beating faster and all I wanted to do was exercise to calm me down.

Over the past few months my tics and twitches have got worse and now I make noises as well. I have a shoulder shrug, blinking, grunting and random words like "bike" "box"

I am now under a consultant neurologist and have obviously been diagnosed with a neurological tic disorder. If I was under 18 this would be called Tourettes Syndrome or TS. However as I am an adult it remains unamed although over the last few years there have been many mores cases of adult onset Tourettes. It could also be a result of a nasty strep throat infection I may have had as a child. Whatever, it is irrelevant as I struggle cope with this condition.

I have the most wonderful friends around me who are accepting (and probably used to me being quirky). I also have a wonderul family...but going out to restaurants, cinema and theatre can be daunting and nerve racking.

My job as a teacher bizzarly is the least worrying, well the working with children bit. The children are so accepting but I do worry what the parents may think and would reslish the opportunity to be open and honest.

I have over the last three days been reading a book by Brad Cohen, a teacher in Atlanta, Georgia who suffers from TS. He has inspired and empowerd me to be who I am and to be proud of it.

He says he explains the disorder to the children by saying that there is something in his brain that causes him to make weird noises and funny faces. He then asks them if there is something in their brains they can't control. He talks about blinking and the children then seem to have some understanding.

The difference is that Brad has suffered from 12 years old and I have started at 45. Luckily have confidences that I have acquired over the years.

Oh yes and the misconception that all TS sufferers swear! Only 10% of TS sufferers do!

The book Front of the Class has been made into a Hallmark movie

Here is Brad giving one of his motivational speeches.

Anyway I will continue to cope with humour...quite fancy one of Brad's "Twitch and Shout" Camps...would be fun!!


Posted by laura at April 13, 2009 11:46 AM
Comments

Thank you for every other informative blog.
Where else could I am getting that type of information written in such an ideal method?
I've a undertaking that I'm just now operating on, and I have been at the glance
out for such information.

Posted by: MiquelTSalle at July 13, 2015 09:17 PM

Thank you for every other informative blog. Where else could I am getting
that type of information written in such an ideal method?
I've a undertaking that I'm just now operating
on, and I have been at the glance out for such information.

Posted by: MiquelTSalle at July 13, 2015 09:29 PM

Hi there, its fastidious post concerning media print, we all be aware of
media is a fantastic source of data.

Posted by: AlysaKPentz at July 14, 2015 03:52 AM

Hi there, its fastidious post concerning media print, we all be aware of media
is a fantastic source of data.

Posted by: AlysaKPentz at July 14, 2015 03:54 AM

Really when someone doesn't understand then its up to
other users that they will assist, so here it happens.

Posted by: CandyMSweeden at July 17, 2015 01:26 PM

Really when someone doesn't understand then its up to other users that
they will assist, so here it happens.

Posted by: CandyMSweeden at July 17, 2015 01:31 PM

My brother suggested I might like this web site. He was entirely right.
This post truly made my day. You can not imagine just how much time I had spent for this info!
Thanks!

Posted by: MarlanaICurll at July 18, 2015 04:44 PM

My brother suggested I might like this web site. He was entirely right.
This post truly made my day. You can not imagine just how much
time I had spent for this info! Thanks!

Posted by: MarlanaICurll at July 18, 2015 04:51 PM

Hey I know this is off topic but I was wondering if you knew of any widgets I could add to my blog that automatically tweet my newest
twitter updates. I've been looking for a plug-in like this for quite
some time and was hoping maybe you would have
some experience with something like this. Please let me know if you run into anything.
I truly enjoy reading your blog and I look forward to your new updates.

Posted by: MistiYFriou at July 19, 2015 06:04 PM

Someone necessarily lend a hand to make severely articles I would state.

That is the first time I frequented your web page and thus far?
I surprised with the research you made to create this actual publish incredible.
Wonderful task!

Posted by: WillardNSchack at July 20, 2015 03:44 PM

Someone necessarily lend a hand to make severely articles I would
state. That is the first time I frequented your web page
and thus far? I surprised with the research you made to create this actual publish incredible.
Wonderful task!

Posted by: WillardNSchack at July 20, 2015 03:47 PM

Hello, Neat post. There is an issue with your site in web
explorer, would test this? IE still is the market leader and a huge portion of people
will pass over your wonderful writing due to
this problem.

Posted by: LeonardoHCochren at July 21, 2015 01:11 PM

Hello, Neat post. There is an issue with your site in web explorer, would test this?

IE still is the market leader and a huge portion of people will pass over your wonderful
writing due to this problem.

Posted by: LeonardoHCochren at July 21, 2015 01:13 PM

Magnificent goods from you, man. I have understand your stuff
previous to and you're just too excellent. I really like what you've acquired here, certainly like what you are stating
and the way in which you say it. You make it enjoyable and you still care for to keep it smart.
I cant wait to read much more from you. This is actually
a wonderful site.

Posted by: CharleenEHiter at July 22, 2015 02:14 PM

Magnificent goods from you, man. I have understand your stuff previous to and you're just too excellent.
I really like what you've acquired here, certainly like
what you are stating and the way in which you say it. You make it enjoyable and you still care for to keep it
smart. I cant wait to read much more from you. This is actually a wonderful site.

Posted by: CharleenEHiter at July 22, 2015 02:16 PM

This post will assist the internet visitors for setting
up new web site or even a weblog from start to end.

Posted by: MayeSCorak at July 23, 2015 08:45 PM

This post will assist the internet visitors for setting up new web site or even a weblog from start to end.

Posted by: MayeSCorak at July 23, 2015 08:59 PM

Very nice article, exactly what I was looking
for.

Posted by: ChristinaCFiggeurs at July 24, 2015 02:52 PM

Very nice article, exactly what I was looking for.

Posted by: ChristinaCFiggeurs at July 24, 2015 02:57 PM

Greetings! Quick question that's totally off topic. Do you know
how to make your site mobile friendly? My website looks weird when browsing from
my iphone. I'm trying to find a template or plugin that might be able to resolve this issue.
If you have any suggestions, please share. Cheers!

Posted by: BrandenTSolymani at July 25, 2015 07:14 PM

Greetings! Quick question that's totally off topic.

Do you know how to make your site mobile friendly?
My website looks weird when browsing from my iphone.
I'm trying to find a template or plugin that might be able to
resolve this issue. If you have any suggestions, please share.
Cheers!

Posted by: BrandenTSolymani at July 25, 2015 07:19 PM

Greetings! I know this is kinda off topic however , I'd figured
I'd ask. Would you be interested in trading links or maybe guest authoring a blog post
or vice-versa? My blog addresses a lot of the same subjects as yours and I think we could greatly benefit from
each other. If you happen to be interested feel free to shoot
me an email. I look forward to hearing from you! Fantastic blog by the
way!

Posted by: ShakiaYVandekamp at July 26, 2015 05:45 PM

Greetings! I know this is kinda off topic however
, I'd figured I'd ask. Would you be interested in trading links or maybe guest authoring a blog post or vice-versa?
My blog addresses a lot of the same subjects as yours and I think we could greatly benefit from each other.
If you happen to be interested feel free to shoot me an email.
I look forward to hearing from you! Fantastic blog by the way!

Posted by: ShakiaYVandekamp at July 26, 2015 05:47 PM

Ahaa, its nice conversation regarding this post here at this blog, I have read all that,
so at this time me also commenting at this place.

Posted by: RoyalVBaars at July 27, 2015 01:51 PM

It's really a nice and useful piece of info.
I'm satisfied that you just shared this helpful
information with us. Please stay us up to date like this. Thanks for sharing.

Posted by: EthelynESaurez at July 30, 2015 01:13 PM

It's really a nice and useful piece of info. I'm satisfied that you just shared this
helpful information with us. Please stay us up to date like this.
Thanks for sharing.

Posted by: EthelynESaurez at July 30, 2015 01:15 PM

Have you ever thought about adding a little bit more than just your
articles? I mean, what you say is valuable and everything.
Nevertheless imagine if you added some great visuals or video clips to give your posts
more, "pop"! Your content is excellent but with pics and clips, this website could undeniably be one of the
greatest in its field. Terrific blog!

Posted by: LenardNLedden at August 1, 2015 04:25 AM

Hello mates, how is all, and what you desire to say
regarding this paragraph, in my view its in fact amazing in support of me.

Posted by: ChongNStoebner at August 2, 2015 04:49 AM

Hello mates, how is all, and what you desire to say
regarding this paragraph, in my view its in fact amazing in support of me.

Posted by: ChongNStoebner at August 2, 2015 04:52 AM
Post a comment













Remember personal info?