52 Weeks of TS: Week 37

EDITOR’S NOTE: Every Tuesday, noted Tourette Syndrome advocate Troye Evers shares his “52 Weeks of TS” blog journal with the TSParentsOnline community. In cased you missed any of the first 36 weeks, you can read them here. For more information about Troye, please click on his name or visit his website.

I’m sick! I find it funny how a couple of weeks ago I was talking about people with TS having a poor immune system, especially if you have anxiety disorder. Anxiety disorder can take a huge toll on your immune system, and here I am sick once again. Now besides my normal everyday pain and body ache, I have the ache from being sick.

I hate being sick, but there is a small part of me that likes it. I’ve said this before, but when I’m sick, my tics are very calm, and there’s not much anxiety. I think my body is so focused on fighting the infection, that it somewhat shuts down. It’s nice. My brain is quiet, and my body is somewhat still.

Next week I leave for Tic-apalooza and I’ve been so excited about going, but as the event come closer, my anxiety is building. I think many people that have TS deal with confidence issues. Even though I’m going to be surrounded by people with TS, I’m dealing with self-confidence issues. I know I’m going so I can help. I’m going to be a camp counselor, and I need to be strong and show these kids that we cannot let TS hold us down, or hold us back, and I have to keep that in mind.

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