2013: A year filled with Definite Possibilities

Come visit me on my Definite Possibilities website! Don’t know me? Here’s a little about me as we head into 2013:

I love to live an active life and explore. I am very passionate about helping others and I am currently in the process of putting together a fundraiser to raise money for Autism by cycling a marathon. The marathon is also being dedicated to my brother, who I am very close to and loves adventure and cycling. Unfortunately, at times, his “gift” prevents him from participating. In addition to that I am writing a book on anti-bullying.

I am a complete goofball, dorky and passionate — old-fashioned to a certain degree. I laugh every chance I get. I have a love for the outdoors and anything that involves me being around nature. Coffee. Campfires. A challenge. I love movies. Inspirational people.

Dress for success

I, _______, am an amazing person. I am a brilliant ______. I can do anything I set my mind to no matter what!

I want ever single person on this blog to fill in the blanks with a) your name, b) something your good at and post it in the comment section. Now read that to yourself out loud 5 times before you do anything else! Do this every morning and night. I do this and look at me now 🙂

Winter break is a time to calm down and catch up

Hey guys! Sorry that I haven’t posted in a little while, but there hasn’t been a whole lot to post about, really. This will just be a little update about what’s going on in my life right now.

First of all, I am on winter break, which I am loving! I get almost a full month of winter break since I am in college now, and that’s about the longest winter break I’ve ever had. So far, I’ve been on winter break for a week. I’ve been sleeping a lot better because I have less anxiety and less tics when I am at home, but I’ve still been having a fair amount of stomach issues because of anxiety even though I’m at home.

I do have a party on Friday at one of my best friend from high school’s house. Even though she is my best friend, I haven’t been to her house since sophomore year because she lives so far away, and driving out to her house takes so long, so it’s very exciting for me to be going over to her house again.

I’m excited to see my other high school friends and to be at her house because it’ll be just like old times, and it will probably bring back a lot of old feelings and memories. Some of the memories it brings up will be of wonderful times, but of course some will be more unpleasant memories of my high school days. I’m not really going to get into that, though. Continue reading

I’m finally writing again!

Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.

~ Joshua J. Marine

Hello everyone!!! I haven’t posted on here in forever, and I deeply apologize for that. I have had no inspiration to write anything…at all. My tics have been higher than the sky, depression made me feel lower than the ground, and life was just seeming like another roller-coaster.

But, FINALLY I have been able to write. I haven’t written in any of my novels yet, but I have been writing poetry. I even wrote my first song in over a year and a half. I do have a poem that I want to share that I wrote, but first, I’ll explain what my tics are now.

My newest tic is actually two old tics and a current tic combined. I not only have forceful inhalation, but now I have forceful exhalation right after powerful inhaling. In between this horrific battle of the tics, gulping steps in. So, I am having a triple whammy at the moment.

Not only does it make my mouth extremely dry, it ruins my singing voice, and sometimes it is hard to talk. I even get headaches. And it feels like each tic is fighting over me. Who will control me first? Who is most powerful?

So now that I have put my ticking into some detail, I will now share my most recent poem. I hope you all like it. It’s called “How Many?” Continue reading

NJ Center for Tourette Syndrome issues statement in response to Sandy Hook tragedy

The NJ Center for Tourette Syndrome & Associated Disorders (NJCTS) is deeply saddened by the senseless acts that took place Friday at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., and has issued the following statement from Executive Director Faith W. Rice to help families and friends in our community who are affected by this or other tragedies:

The NJ Center stands united with every American who is grieving the loss of 20 schoolchildren, 6 educators and 1 other adult following the violent acts carried out on the morning of Friday, December 14, 2012, at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. Human beings – especially children – are the world’s most precious resource, and there are none to spare. With that in mind, the NJ Center extends its deepest condolences and sympathies to every family member, friend and person affected by this tragedy.

The ripple effects of this tragedy are many and will be felt for countless days, weeks, months and years into the future. Coming to the aid of those affected is vital in this most sensitive of times, and it is our duty – that of the NJ Center and everyone associated with care of children – to help those who need support. Parents, educators and medical professionals must join hands with the rest of society to ensure that all children receive the attention and care they need and deserve. Continue reading

Surprised at suppression

I developed my symptoms when I was 16 and was diagnosed with Tourette Syndrome at 17. So I have realized that my experience with TS is different than a lot of other kids since I never grew up with the tics and other related behaviors, such as OCD, as part of my life. Even though I have a lot of tics, I am surprised that I can suppress them and keep them under control as well as I do, and I think part of that has to do with my late onset of my symptoms.

This is just what I have been thinking about lately.

Anxiety therapy, plus suggestions for sleep trouble

Well, I promised I would post about my new therapist I saw for anxiety at school, so that’s what this post is going to be about.

I was really kind of nervous going to see her because she’s a therapist on campus through student health services, and for some reason that made me nervous. Besides my initial nerves, though, it really went well! She is so nice, and I really like her so far. She gave me some really good strategies for dealing with my anxiety and sleeping problems such as focusing on deep breathing and focusing on monitoring anxiety-provoking thoughts.

I’ve already tried using some of the strategies she suggested, and so far they really help! On Friday, I had two tests back to back, and I did a lot of practice with the deep breathing she taught me before the tests and hile I was talking the tests. It really helped me to feel more relaxed and less anxious overall. Continue reading

Helping the world through social networking

In front of more 750 professional speakers, business owners and celebrities, I talked about my social network site Definite Possibilities and what I am doing to help this world while speaking over the weekend at James Malinchak’s Big Money Speaker Boot Camp!!!!

My message to everyone there:

Don’t ever let anyone bring you down. EVER!

Spreading a little love North of the Border

NOTE: From time to time, we get submissions from people all over the world via our Teens4TS Facebook page! We are very excited to share with you a little picture and note about Richard Gauvin of Leamington, Ontario in Canada that his older sister wrote about him! He has his own Tourette Awareness group on Facebook, too, so be sure to check him out there.

“I just want to introduce my baby brother who is 12 years old. His name is Richard, and he was diagnosed with Tourette Syndrome a couple years ago! His Tourette took a turn for the worse just a few months ago, and his medication was doing absolutely nothing for him. He was going through severe depression because he couldn’t even attend school!

The other night at 2:30 a.m., he was admitted into the emergency department, then in the afternoon was sent to a treatment center to find a medication that suits him and will help him be able to live how he wants.

He is gone for a minimum of 7 days at least. 🙁 I would like to show him how many people care for him! So please leave your thoughts and other pleasant comments for him to read! It would mean the world to us all just to see how many people really know what he is going through.

Richard — I love you baby boy! I’ll always be here for you. XOXO.”