For the past couple of months, I have been working on a number of writing projects. There is one project in particular that stands out from the rest because it is a project that is near and dear to my heart. This writing project means the world to me because it is centered around my second oldest sister Tanika. If you have been following my blog for a while you know that my sister has Tourette’s Syndrome and that I am extremely protective of her. For those of you who are unfamiliar with Tourette’s Syndrome or TS, it is a neurological disorder that consists of involuntary tics. These tics can be verbal or motor in nature and it can often be a source of embarrassment for the individual with Tourette’s Syndrome. Generally it is controlled with medication and other forms of therapy, nevertheless many individuals with Tourette’s Syndrome go on to live very healthy and productive lives.
Seeing how I am passionate about spreading more awareness about this neurological disorder, I was given the wonderful opportunity to discuss Tourette’s Syndrome in a diseases and disorders anthology that will be published next year. To be able to tell my sister’s story along with a number of other authors and be a part of something that will help bring awareness to misunderstood diseases and disorders is such an honor. Believe me when I say that I am very grateful for this opportunity. My sister inspires me each and every day with her optimism, her strength and her zest for life. I could not have asked for a better sister and I cannot wait to share her amazing story.
With all of that being said….
Thank you Tanika for showing me what it means to be brave and how to live this thing we call life to the fullest. You are not only my big sister, but you are my GREATEST friend. I am so glad to have you as my sibling and I want to thank you again for allowing me to tell your story. I sincerely hope it will make you proud. You already know this, I LOVE YOU LOTS!!!
Until next time…