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Today’s blog revolves around an exciting subject: Tourette’s Awareness Month!
For those who are not familiar with it, Tourette’s Awareness Month starts on May 15th, and runs through June 15th. It also coincides with this year’s Tourette’s Association of America’s annual conference, which is being held virtually due to the COVID-19 outbreak. I highly suggest following their social media accounts for updates and insights from the event, as it is always vastly informative!
Ok, back to the topic at hand. Tourette’s Awareness month is an incredibly inspiring time for me as someone with TS. It is sort of a gentle push into being vocal about my experiences and firsthand knowledge, and gives me a reason to blast peoples timelines with such.
But it isn’t about me. It isn’t about anyone with TS, really.
It’s about those without it.
Tourette’s awareness month is about educating the part of the population who do not know what Tourette Syndrome is. It’s for the population who know what it is only for its stereotypes. It’s for those who might know about the surface issues of TS, but are unaware of the comorbidities, and the complications those cause for people like me who live with the disorder.
So how can those reading this without TS help aid in this movement without firsthand experience?
It’s as easy as sharing a blog like this. Or taking just a moment to go to Tourette.org and explore their tools and info resources. It could also be as easy as making a small donation and sharing that info through your socials. Even if just one other person see’s/discovers the truth about what TS is and isn’t, that is one more person who didn’t know about it yesterday.
The Tourette’s community has come a long way in their fight against misinformation and spreading the word about not just what TS is, but how it effects one’s life in every sense.
I have faith that one day we might live in a world where TS isn’t known as the swearing disease.
Or that kids are not teased for having TS and the tic’s they can’t control.
Or that one day the term Tourette’s will be as well known and studied as other diseases that garner (and deserve) instant recognition.
Until that day, we push forward.
Happy TS Awareness month. Be safe!