Well not literally.
Following all the unexpected publicity over the last few days I’ve had loads of amazing messages of support. I’ve read incredible comments online, and many other disabled people (with and without Tourettes) have been in touch to share their experiences. I’m pleased that lots of people have said they now feel differently about Tourettes.
Amongst a mountain of email I’ve been sent lots of suggestions for possible treatments and cures for Tourettes. Inevitably, most cost lots of money and don’t have much evidence to support their claims. I’ve always found the most powerful treatment for Tourettes is understanding and support. Countless times over the last few years when medications and therapies have failed, friendship and creativity have offered much needed relief.
There are some tics I’d gladly get rid of, but I’m not searching for a cure. Touretteshero is about celebrating diversity and increasing understanding. The thoughtful and encouraging comments I’ve received in the last few days fill me with more hope than the promise of a life without tics.
While I’ve been writing an email arrived from a parent who’s children have specific language impairment that perfectly expresses how I feel:
“What a boring world it would be if all was perfection. Thankfully real life is richer with its abnormalities and strangeness.”