Writing a book … here’s part 3 of the introduction

NOTE: The is the last of three parts introducing AndreaF’s book about her life as a mother of a child with Tourette Syndrome. You can find the first two parts here and here.

The following isn’t really part of the book, it’s more a question that has been posed to me about the introduction and some of what follows.

A friend of mine, who does not have a child with Tourette Syndrome – and who has been reading my book from Intro thru Chapter 5 – said: “I love it, but it feels a bit like you’re giving away the whole book. I mean, don’t you want to keep some things a bit more hidden to hook people?”

She admitted she was unsure about this advice. She has given other notes she has been adamant about, so I trust her when she says she could go either way on that note.

In my opinion, since this book is geared a bit toward self-help, it seems that parents who are hurting might want an intro that immediately gives them hope. They might want to see, from the get go, that yes, marriage can be strained. Fears are normal. Pity parties happen – but there is relief!

Do you think I gave away too much? I mean, do you feel like you read the book or is it enough of an appetite wetter that you want more. Because trust me – there’s a heck of a lot I have not said. I’m just giving folk the overall theme: That TS isn’t the end of the world.



  1. @ Susan – I agree with Jeff – you would be a great blogger! And thank you, Brandi. I’m glad it resonated with you and made you laugh. I’m currently writing the chapter on DiagnosTIC. I’m not so sure my scripted fantasy version of Super Tic on Twitch Island is going to make the cut, but it amuses me.

  2. we are new members and kinda new with T.S.We have a great little boy Jacob 11.5 yrs of age and his T.S has been a part of our family for about 2 yrs.At first we were like others “oh it will go away in a few months” NOT Then we went through the OMG he is gonna say the “F” word in class.We sat and read what you have written last night and cried and laugh together through the story.I want to thank you for helping us.Your story will help others Im sure.We look for people like us living with T.S as a part of their family and not just those that research it.TeenBrandy&Jacob

  3. I personally don’t think you have revealed to much. I have read both parts and you have left me excited for the rest of the book. Maybe because I have been through this TS journey like you I DO know that there is a lot more to the story. That you have only lightly scratched the surface of all the problems emotions and situations. That the place you are now did not happen over night and that the coming to terms with it took so much more time than the introduction lets on.

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