If you’ve been following the blog recently you’ll know it’s been a hectic time for me recently with all the sudden media interest in Touretteshero. Today, the message is about to go global via an interview with Matthew Bannister on the World Service. Apparently his Outlook show has an audience of 40 million listeners, so if you’re one of them and you’ve just found the site, welcome.
I went and spoke with Matthew at Broadcast House on Monday. He asked a lot of thoughtful questions about living with Tourettes and gave me plenty of time to answer.
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It was refreshing not being called a ‘Tourettes sufferer’. I much prefer it when people call me a ‘person with Tourettes’ because that’s what I am. It’s a subtle distinction but it makes a big difference to me and it’s amazing how many people instinctively use ‘sufferer.’
I’ve been writing this blog for over two years and in that time I’ve come to realise Tourettes isn’t my problem, it’s my power. Touretteshero really is for everyone, with and without Tourettes, so if you’re new here, I hope you find something that interests you and makes you laugh. Have a read through my many amazing tics and see what stunning artwork they’ve inspired in the gallery.
We’re a small organisation dedicated to raising awareness about Tourettes and creating innovative and memorable events for children and young people with the condition. If you’ve enjoyed looking at website and feel you’d like to help contribute to what we’re doing, please donate. It’s easy to do and should make you feel good.
New content’s being added to the site all the time so make sure you come back and see what I’m getting up to soon.
Photo: Jonathan Birch