I want to tell you that living with Tourette’s is easy. I want to say that I have never experienced any negative comments because of my tics, but that would be a lie.
I was around 4 years old when I got my first tic. At first everyone thought I was just mimicking the noises my bunny rabbit toy would make.
It was not until I was hospitalised for bipolar that I received the diagnosis of Tourette’s syndrome. It was not a shock as I had done plenty of research throughout my teen years, desperately trying to figure out what was wrong with me.
For most of my life I could not accept it. I could not accept that I was a unique person who had such unusual habits (tics).
I was bullied verbally during my school years because of my tics. My family were not supportive as they did not know what was wrong with me. They always thought I was doing it for attention and that I could stop at any moment. I was isolated with no one to talk to about my problems. I found it hard to make friends and even when I did make friends, they would make fun of me too.
Only the past few years have I learnt to embrace Tourette’s syndrome and accept it as a part of who I am. I blink a lot. Sometimes I look like a bunny rabbit when my nose twitches. Sometimes I make odd noises or clear my throat when I do not need to. I am finally ok with it though and I have accepted it as a part of who I am.