Hi my name is Greg. I turned 35 last December, and I have an amazing story of God’s grace and healing that I would like to tell. A good part of my life has been a struggle. I was diagnosed with Tourette syndrome when I was in Kindergarten. I really struggled with feeling like I was accepted as I went through elementary, Junior High, and even into my late high school years and while I had some friends I felt like for the most part I was looked down on because of my condition. I felt that teachers and fellow classmates thought I was wired because I struggled to control my tics and would just stay away from me. I felt like they all saw me as “retarded”… an outcast… and that really hurt.
I have spent many nights feeling lonely and on my knees in prayer that God would do something to open their eyes and see me differently. Then came my senior year in high school when I got to play the part of the Cowardly Lion in the Wizard of OZ which was the fall musical that year. I won a lot of people over and at my graduation received an award that was given to a student who faced multiple trails and did it with a smile on their face.
As I have become an adult I have come to find that many of the perceptions I had about people not liking me to be false. In fact of many of those same people I thought wanted nothing to do with me are great friends of mine today.
Today I still really struggle with my tics, if I feel like I have one coming on that I won’t be able control and I’m at work I go to the bathroom so my co-workers won’t see me and ask questions, and if I do have trouble while I’m their around I just explain the problem to them and they generally understand.
I also have enrolled in the police science program at a local community college and doing very well. School was a struggle for me in my early years but not so much now, I just plug away the best that I can.
I give God all the glory and credit for where I have been, where I am now, and where I will be. I know life is going to have times where I wil have to fight, but it’s so worth it to knowing that it’s for his glory. That’s my prayer for anyone dealing with the same thing I am. Know that God is using you for his glory and that will keep you going!
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” Philippians 4:13