My son, Garrett, used to have full-blown tics — both vocal and physical tics. He was an avid hunter and premier soccer player prior to his Tourette Syndrome exploding. Garrett wanted to stop the tics by taking an overdose, and as a result, he missed 42 days of school one year. But now, he has been drug-free for four years.
Garrett is the proud owner of YOJ sports, soon to be named Andover Hunt and Fish. He has been interviewed by two newspapers about his TS, including the New Jersey Herald. Garrett also is taking two classes at the County College of Morris. I’m not sure if I found the right “cocktail,” but his TS is now gone.
No one can believe that Garrett is the same boy who suffered with severe Tourette from 6th grade through the beginning of 9th. I cried many times during our period of Tourette and am so very thankful our son has no more tics.
Yet I feel guitly for the families whose children have Tourette. Life wasn’t fair many times for ys during those school years, and it’s not fair for you now. I just want all who are struggling with this themselves to know that I, and my family, have walked in your shoes.