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November 20, 2017Posted in: News & Information, Tourette Syndrome Tagged:

Tourette Syndrome Through Time

By Melissa C. Water

History repeats itself isn’t just a phrase.

When looking into my past some events reoccur into the distance like flat rocks bouncing across the surface of a pond.

Tourette Syndrome has been by my side regardless of challenges or contentment; becoming background noise to every circumstance. Sudden movements, noises, strange sentences or cussing became my day-to-day. Within my own initial reactions to these outbursts were a series of shocked expressions and stunned curiosity, to which a later response would be to view these tics with little more than an afterthought.

Before I learned anything else I learned love, after which I searched to grasp the complexities of people and what makes them tic. Coprolalia, echolalia, and palilalia became part of my vocabulary.

My tics would breathe life into the passage of time. A small stone skips beyond my view but I can imagine its destination.

My journey towards writing this article began with those first unpredicted movements and utterances, and a story etched itself into the words you find here.

Tomorrow Tourette Syndrome will be a known term, and being referred to as “The swearing disease” will be a thing of days gone by.

Expressions of feeling misunderstood will be forgotten with the work we do today.

The stone starts to sink, but when it reaches the bottom it finds itself among others who make up the water bed. Pebble after pebble join to grow higher and stronger until they have risen up from below.

My future isn’t just my own. I find myself walking a path alongside a community of souls driven by a similar ambition to live in a world of understanding and acceptance. I do not dream alone; we dream together.

You and me, we are the team that raises awareness and reaches out to those who will hear, and those who need to join the rest of us in a rising to the sky.

Tomorrow isn’t just a concept; it’s what is happening right now as you read this.

I’m the ‘Virtual Support Coordinator’ for Tourette Canada, but more than that, I’m the person extending a hand to those interested in joining this community. I am here, along some of the most incredible people I have ever met through a condition that brings us together. Join us, and please feel free to contact me with any interests regarding the virtual peer support groups

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