What are some things you shouldn’t say to a person when they tell you they have Tourette’s? For starters don’t say “Man! That’s so awesome! You can swear all the time and get away with it! I wish I had that!” What are other things you think people shouldn’t say?
This blog is going to start a top-10 countdown of the things you just shouldn’t say to someone who has TS. So what would you say in response to this comment from another person who you have told that you or your child had Tourette’s?
Counting down toward No. 1, here’s No. 2:
Don’t worry, I think I have Tourette’s, too, half the time.
From Jenn, the mother of two children living with TS:
Wow. What exactly is it that you do that would lead you to believe you actually have Tourette Syndrome? (One of two things will happen… they will either have the symptoms or they wont — if they do, then help them, and if they don’t, then be kind enough to lead them in a more appropriate disorder… either with a medical name or like in my many circumstances a disorder called Stupidity.
Look for No. 1 tomorrow. And in case you missed the ones that came before, here’s a list: