I remember talking to one of my friends many years ago, back when Monster Man was a toddler and had not yet started showing signs of having Tourette Syndrome. My friend's son has Down Syndrome, and she was telling me how some people asked her what had happened to him - if she'd done anything wrong to have a 'child like him'. I remember telling her that God had chosen her to raise her son because He knew she was the perfect person to take care of His special angel.
When Monster Man started having tics, and then when he added the anxiety to the mix, she turned those words right around on me. It's true. God only gives the job of raising His special angels to those He knows can handle it. There might be times that seem tougher than others, but there are so many blessings to go right along with it, and we can rest assured that God is holding us in his arms and carrying us through those tougher times.
No, the challenges of raising a child with Tourette Syndrome are not the same as the challenges of raising a child with Down Syndrome, but they are both very challenging experiences. It is comforting to know that God is in control and that He will not give us more than we can handle.