“Tourette Syndrome does not define me.”
I’ve emphatically made that statement many times. In fact, it’s probably been one of the most important messages that I’ve wanted to share with the world. I’ve seen numerous other people who have Tourette Syndrome say it, too. It’s like those of us with T.S. (or any disorder, really) want to make it clear to the world that just because we have tics, those tics do not make up who we are. Put another way, “I may have Tourette Syndrome, but Tourette Syndrome does not have me.”
So, if not being defined by Tourette’s is so important to us, how do we define ourselves, and how do we want the world to see us?
Enter two powerful words…I AM.