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Calling all adults with Tourette Syndrome: Share your story!

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  1. I was medically discharged from the U.S. Army after my dormant condition of T.S. was aggravated by an I.V. anesthesia (the V.A. or North Vietnamese Army is a joke), so I realized that I am better off going it alone, and have lived quite an adventurous life, some jobs living on the edge as below:

    Armed Security Officer…Las Vegas Nevada.
    Explosives Technician…New Mexico and Alaska.
    Shop Tech and Operator Front End Loader…Colorado.
    just to name a few.
    A little medical work in the Philippines.

    One job was my being posted to the Czech Republic for Six Months, and I’ve hitch hiked through Mexico, Belize, Central America, the Yukon Territory and British Columbia and even the North west Territory of Canada. I have made so many friends that counting them all would be infinite. People overseas are more aware or are willing to learn about T.S., some just take to a sufferer as extended family, just awaken your eyes to the limitless horizons of life in front of you.

    Social Security Disability benefits have proven to be a waste of time and effort, those cold hearted and malicious judges could care less treating all sufferers as criminal defendants, so life without the government B.S. is much better, You are not a criminal, so do not denigrate yourselves to the swine bureaucracy, I have done well without such treasonous human rights violators in my life, so can you.

  2. I do not know if it’s just me or if perhaps everybody else experiencing problems with your site. It looks like some of the text within your posts are running off the screen. Can somebody else please provide feedback and let me know if this is happening to them too? This could be a problem with my browser because I’ve had this happen before. Appreciate it.

  3. I diagnosed myself at 31 in 1984. I am a retired 30 yr. Veteran of the Pgh. Fire Dept. I received 2 commendations for the rescues I have done. Most people on the Fire Dept. never receive 1 commendation. For 20 yrs. of my career I worked on a Rescue Squad that often got 2 or 3 fires a day. I am a decorated Veteran of the U.S.Army. I was an MP in the Army Security Agency. I am a biker & ride a Harley Electra Glide Classic. I spoke at a High School about alcoholism & drug addiction to 10 classes a year for 20 yrs. I have developed an inservice program on Tourette Syndrome I have presented hundreds of times in several states in the U. S. & Canada. I am a Reserve Deputy on the Sheriff’s Dept.

  4. I grew up in a time where tourette was not known by many people,and misunderstood.friends mothers thought i was on drugs in 6th grade.i have been teased and bulled to no end in school,and on the job to this day.nice to see a lot of dialoge online about it.being defensive is a necessity for me.if somebody is rude to me i am the same back.having a sense of humor is important too.i am good at ignoring a lot of things when i want to.if i am teased first i enjoy firing back now,i got a free reign to say anything i want back.the friends i have now are the best,the ones that put up with it are true friends.why am i so defensive i been asked,,sticking up for yourself is important,its not my fault i always have a better comeback!

  5. I am 21 years of age my name is Amanda Hernandez. Growing up I was always a “outcast” I had friends not ones you would consider to be great but they were there at the time.I had a good life I went to school my family and friends (at the time) were by my side. I was in the 5 th grade when I started noticing something wasnt right i would do weird noises and and weird things with my hands. It wasnt untill 6th grade I went to the doctor and he was concerned with my actions he had asked my mother if I was ever tested for Tourette Syndrome at the time I remeber thinking what is that and then the doctor expalined.I went through several differnet tests and then they informed that I did in fact have Touretts. I was upset and scared I wasnt sure what it was or why I had it but, I did. I told my friends and they werent sure what it was it was hard because some of them would pick on me. Going to school got very overwhelming for me I was picked on everyday by alot of people I would tell my mother and the school was called but, they did nothing to help me. In 9th grade (my second year of 9th grade) it got to the point the school I was attending decided it would be best for me not to be in public schools. I was sad but relived I was homeschooled and I got my dipolma that way I still didnt think it was right but I thought the bulling was finnaly over and I was wrong at 16 I started working at a department store after a week I then relized working wasnt the best idea at the time. I never really had “real realtionships” untill my curent one dating wasnt easy as well as having a social life so I just thought it was easier to hide out from reality. I became extreamly depressed my tourettes only got worse everything fell out of place for a while. At 19 I went to a concert with one of my friends at the time I met my boyfreind soon to be husband that day. At first I was scared to tell him but, he understood he stood by me through it all we have been together for 2 years now I am happy but still dealing with extrem anxitey panic attacks (daily) along side with having tourettes. I do belive that one day my tourettes will decrease im just living day by day like I should and hope to see that it will get better.

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