It is Tourette Syndrome Awareness month and I cannot think of a better way to use my blog than to educate those who know little about this disorder. Tourette Syndrome is a neurological disorder involving repetitive movements or unwanted sounds. These repetitive movements or unwanted sounds are known as tics and they are completely involuntary. Tourette Syndrome (unfortunately) is often mocked, made fun of and misunderstood by many individuals. Why? Maybe it is because of their ignorance. Maybe it is because they honestly do not know any better. Maybe it is because they simply do not care how their negative actions and reactions affect those who struggle day to day with Tourette Syndrome. Whatever the case may be, I am here and will always be here to help educate those who know little to nothing about Tourette Syndrome. If you have been following my blog, you may already know why I am a staunch supporter of Tourette Syndrome. If this is your first time landing on my blog, I will tell you why I am a HUGE voice and supporter of Tourette Syndrome. I have an older sister who has Tourette Syndrome and even though she is three years older than me, I am extremely protective of her. I have witnessed firsthand how this neurological disorder can often lead to isolation, depression and even suicidal thoughts. It can be heart-breaking to see a person you love so much fall into pits of despair because they are tired of being misunderstood, rejected or made fun of by others. My sister has been ridiculed, made fun of and even excluded by others because she has Tourette Syndrome. Instead of people getting to know her for the wonderful person she is, she is judged instantly by her tics. Like most individuals living with Tourette Syndrome, my sister wants nothing more than to be understood and respected. That is not asking much now is it? My sister is one of the bravest people I know because she gets up every morning ready to face the day despite what opposition may come her way. She is as strong as an ox, has a heart of gold, an unshakable spirit and an untarnished beautiful soul.
I can honestly tell you that anyone who has ever made an inappropriate comment towards my sister, quickly regretted it soon after they said it. I have a way with words and I know just what to say to make a person think twice before showing their ignorance. It is not about being rude or disrespectful to that other person; it is about educating that person so the next time they will know better. It is all too easy to assume and judge other people, but instead of judging that person or the next person, take the time to get to know that person. Everyone has a life story to tell. Their story may surprise you or even inspire you. Tourette Syndrome Awareness month ends June 15, but it does not stop there for me. Tourette Syndrome Awareness is every day, every second, every minute and every hour. To my wonderful sister Tanika, I am HONORED to have the same blood flowing in your veins in mine. You are not only my sister and protector, but you are my GREATEST friend. To all the individuals living with Tourette Syndrome, I want you to hold your head up high and proud. Never, ever hold your head down in shame. Be proud of who you are because you are unique, you are special and you are amazing in your own way.