5 years post National Youth Ambassador Training in Washington, DC and I am still at it!
Following my fall semester at SUNY-Binghamton I was asked to return to Memorial Middle School in Fairlawn, N.J., to speak with the 7th-graders about Tourette Syndrome and bullying. During the back-to-back presentations, I had the opportunity to tell my TS story, as well as explain what the disorder is and why you should not bully anyone.
The students were engaged throughout the entire presentation and had a bunch of questions. For example:
- Were you ever bullied in school?
- Do you still tic?
- Do you know alot of other people with TS?
They were all shocked at how difficult it was to hold in a tic when I compared it to a scratch on their head and did not allow them to touch their heads for two minutes; everyone was squiriming in their seats.
All of the students promised me that they understood my message and that they would not bully their peers.
I encourage all of you readers to speak out about Tourette Syndrome, bullying and your own personal story. If you have any quesitons about how to get involved, please contact the New Jersey Center for Tourette Syndrome & Associated Disorders (NJCTS).