May 15 through June 15 is officially designated as Tourette Syndrome Awareness Month. This is a month made to help bring awareness to others about an obstacle so many people around the world live with on a daily basis. They are challenged with tics, many of which can make life hard to live with. They face a life full of challenges that are both physical and emotional. Their brains take control of their bodies, and they have little control over the actions their bodies are taking at the hands of their overly active brains. Each day, those with Tourette Syndrome battle with their brains, fighting to take control over the desire to blink excessively, shake their heads, repeat words, and so much more.
The most common thing I've heard as a parent of a child with Tourette Syndrome is one simple question. "He's not going to start cussing is he?" (BTW- the proper term for the use of obscenities and slurs is coprolalia). It sounds innocent enough, but it really shows just how misunderstood Tourette Syndrome is. I recently encountered someone who suggested that Tourette Syndrome had a spiritual link because "it almost always is accompanied by swearing". It made me realize just how wrong people often are in how they view this condition. According to the Tourette Syndrome Association website, "