My name is Ashlynn,
I’m 11 years old, and I’ve been struggling with Tourette Syndrome since I was about 8. I would have odd twitches like blinking, or breathing weird. Me and my family thought they were just habits or something. As I got older and it got worse they figured that I had Tourette.
They knew it was Tourette because my dad had it. Now I wasn’t actually diagnosed with Tourette because we already knew that’s what it was, so my parents didn’t want to go to a doctor just for him to give medicine to make it not so bad. Not long after I found out I had Tourette we moved, and thankfully we were home schooled, but that doesn’t change the fact that we switched churches.
One of the first Sunday’s at our new church was great, but I thought I was going to have a panic attack. Also because someone was staring at me as I was ticcing. I almost cried when we went home that Sunday. Maybe 6 months after that I got Baptized, and I hardly ticced!
That was about two and a half years ago. Since then we have moved again, and last night we went to a Jamie Grace, and Jeremy Camp concert. When Jamie started talking about her tics I almost started crying. I had known before that Jamie Grace had Tourette though.
So she has made having Tourette a lot easier! One of the things she said was “God does NOT make mistakes” and that right there made me wanna cry. A friend of mine from kindergarten is still friends with me today, and a few months ago I had the courage to tell her. This is her response, “I hope you know that having that doesn’t stop you from being a great friend” I wanted to cry at that point too.
Something that helps me to calm down is playing guitar, or/and singing. I’ve been learning guitar for about 2 years now. I notice that when I play guitar it makes me feel better, and I don’t tic as bad. I’ve also learned that Tourette may get me down sometimes, but I realize that being different is better than being the same as everyone else.
This goes for everyone not just people with Tourette, if you’re struggling with anything that makes you different just remember that Jamie Grace quote “God does NOT make mistakes” Different makes you BETTER!