Hey everyone! As many of you may know from visiting my A Little Bit Different: Tourette Syndrome Facebook page, I’m in the middle of putting together another TS documentary with LoganK from Help Spread The Word About Tourette Syndrome. I thought I’d give you all a sneak peak at a few of the profiles going into that documentary.
Earlier today, I started with me. Then, you got to meet Sam from New York. Now, meet Molly from Minnesota. Be nice to her! And to look at some of the rest, just check out the documentary album on my Facebook page!
My name is Molly, and I’m 18 and live near Grand Rapids, Minn. I have had Tourette Syndrome since I was 7. Some of my tics are tensing up my muscles in my arms, legs and back; jerking my head; shaking my head; jerking my arms out to the side; a humming noise; a sniffing noise; blinking my eyes; rolling my eyes; and facial grimaces.
The hardest part about having TS is either having to deal with tics when they get really bad and out of control, or dealing with ignorant people and dealing with the aftermath of being bullied and ostracized my whole life.
I guess I’d say my biggest strengths are my determination and compassion that have been brought on by my struggles with TS. I love to read, write, sing, play guitar and bowl.
I think other people should know how hard it really is to live with TS. Some people think it’s not that difficult, but in reality, it is. TS can bring some good things, but it can also bring alot of bad things, too. We struggle with things that most people don’t have to worry about, and it can be heartbreaking to have to deal with.
The pain never really goes away, no matter how good you can become at hiding it and making clever excuses. But with that comes a lot of strength, determination and compassion. Always give someone with TS a chance. They just might surprise you.