If you’re finding this site for the first time today, a very warm welcome. Let me tell you a bit about it and about me. I’m Touretteshero, the world’s first fully-fledged Tourettes superhero. Welcome to my website and my world.
This blog’s a celebration of creativity and humour. Having Tourettes means I make movements and noises I can’t control. It also means I have some weird and wonderful experiences, and I share these, along with the tough bits about living with Tourettes, here.
If reading this captures your imagination, keep an eye out for my book, Welcome to Biscuit Land, which is published in the UK on Monday. It’ll be available in the US as an eBook later in the month and the printed version will follow in the spring.
The site’s inspired by my strange and surreal vocal tics. You can look through over 4000 of them here. If you find yourself laughing, please don’t feel bad – they’re there to be enjoyed. There’s a big difference between laughing at someone because they are different, and laughing with someone who’s sharing parts of their life because it’s funny. While some aspects of Tourettes can be tricky, others parts are awesome. Here are a few of my favourite tics:
“Dude Where’s My Pixie?”
“Starry, starry horse, paint your biscuit blue and grey.”
“Mature, sensitive sheep seeks bear.”
“Badass biscuits or bins? Choose.”
“Tell the clouds to put some knickers on.”
Lots of people think Tourettes Syndrome is just about swearing involuntarily. This is a myth. 90% of people with Tourettes don’t have coprolalia – the technical name for swearing tics – but I’m one of the 10% who do. I decided to share all my tics, even if they’re rude, because I didn’t want to edit out any part of my disability. But if you’re easily offended, or want a child enjoy the site, turn on the SafeMode. This removes all the explicit content at the touch of a button.
Touretteshero’s about responding creatively to tics and I invite you to let your creativity loose on the strange combinations of words and ideas they produce. If you see a tic that captures your imagination, get drawing and add your tic-inspired image to our gallery. If you want to get involved in other ways, why not comment on blog posts, vote on your favourite tics or tell your friends about them, using Twitter and Facebook.
One of the key aims of Touretteshero is to put on innovative events for children and young people with the condition. If you want to help us do this please think about making a donation or buying something from our shop.
Over the next few days I hope to welcome a lot more visitors to the site, and I hope everyone who comes will find something interesting, and leave, after laughing a lot along the way, understanding a little bit more about Tourettes.
I’m going to give the last word to my tics:
“Welcome to Biscuit Land.”