My book, “The Line, the Itch and the Rabbit Hole,” chronicles my experiences with Tourette Syndrome. I had my first tic at age 7 (a sniffling annoyance, dismissed as a “bad habit”) but wasn’t diagnosed with TS until I was 23.
My symptoms dried out through my early teenage years but worsened in my late teens after I spent a number of years experimenting with drugs and alcohol. After that, TS remained a constant in my life.
I didn’t tell anyone around me about the diagnosis, not just because it’s a heavily misunderstood illness and I didn’t want to deal with any explanations, but also because I naturally like to keep myself to myself.
With the publication of “The Line, the Itch and the Rabbit Hole,” I finally have a means of relaying that information to people around me, and while I put off doing that, I would really like to communicate with fellow sufferers to learn how they dealt with the illness and the stigma attached to it.
I also suffer from Borderline Personality Disorder, have spent numerous years addicted to drugs and alcohol (sober now) and spent some of my childhood in a psychiatric hospital after an “accidental suicide attempt.” All of these things are explained in the book, available from Amazon for just a $0.99 download!