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Tourette Syndrome Talk - Embrace Adversity

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Tourette Syndrome Talk - Embrace Adversity

Yesterday was Independence Day here in the United States of America. Every year, on July 4th, we celebrate the brave, monumental feat that we accomplished 243 years ago - fighting for and claiming our independence.

Our founding fathers fought for freedom. They fought for freedom of religion, freedom of speech, freedom to assemble - all sorts of freedoms they believed were God-given rights. The fought for their freedom against a country they didn’t believe represented them. Talk about high-achievers!

On a seemingly unrelated note, exercise and physical fitness is my hobby. I enjoy going to the gym virtually every day. And for as long as I have been going to the Gold’s Gym in my area I have seen one man in there consistently who has impressed and inspired me.

This man is in the gym all the time. I can count on seeing him at least several times a week. I think it would be safe to say that physical fitness is a lifestyle for him, too. The big difference between him and me (besides the fact that he is in better shape and is more impressive looking than me) is that he wheels his wheel-chair around the gym as he moves from machine to machine getting in a solid workout…

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Tourette Syndrome Talk - I Am

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Tourette Syndrome Talk - I Am

“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.

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Tourette Syndrome Talk-Own It

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Tourette Syndrome Talk-Own It

I’ve written in my book and on this blog before about being embarrassed by the tics from my Tourette Syndrome. I think the unwanted attention that movement and vocal tics draw from others are what adds insult to injury. Think of it like this…I already can’t control some of my movements or vocalizations, and now someone wants to point at me and laugh because of them.

But I don’t bring this up because I want to discuss that it’s not fair to have Tourette Syndrome. I’ve already made the point (in another #TouretteTalk article) that life isn’t fair. Besides, thinking about how unfair it is to have Tourette Syndrome (or any other difficult disorder, illness, malady, etc.) puts me in a mindset of feeling like a victim. And let me tell you something…

I am not a victim. Nor will I allow myself to think that way.

You see I firmly believe that…

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#MotivationMonday - Will This Make Me Stronger?

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#MotivationMonday - Will This Make Me Stronger?

Hey There and Happy Monday! In today’s #MotivationMonday I take on two interesting questions…

  • Will facing my challenges make me stronger in the future?

  • Will I be able to handle things better as the challenges come along?

A few thoughts on these questions…

No matter what challenge you are dealing with, you have the opportunity to allow the challenge define you, or you can choose to define yourself. Don’t ever let the challenge define you. You are much more than the difficulties that you may deal with in this life.

Momentum is one of my favorite things. I believe the power of momentum…

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