Compiled by Chris Mason, who has TS and is a TS advocate, TOURETTERS, offers a unique glimpse into the world beyond the stereotypes and misunderstandings. This book includes 30 true short stories written about people with Tourette syndrome. Between 250,000 and 400,000 people living in North America have TS. Typified by uncontrollable ticcing, verbal outbursts, repetitive coughing and a host of seemingly unexplainable behavior, TS remains one of the most misdiagnosed and undiagnosed conditions in the United States today. Often misunderstood as misbehavior or confused with other conditions, most Americans have little understanding of the condition. This book and the, at times, maddening and heartbreaking stories it presents, can help bridge the gap of that misunderstanding.
The presence of TS can be devastating to every aspect of life for any individual who has it and their family and friends. This well-written and fast-moving book should be required reading for any parent who worries about peculiar behavior of their children, for educators and the health care professionals who often do not recognize the symptoms.
Read it, learn from it and sensitize others about a condition that likely affects someone in your neighborhood.
I have had two books published. My first book (Touretties) was published in 2011. It is an anthology that includes twenty-one true short stories, including my own, about people who have or have a family member who has Tourette syndrome and its associated disorders. I released a new edition of the book, titled (Touretters) last year, which includes ten new stories, along with the old ones. My autobiography (What Makes Me Tic: Living With Tourette Syndrome) was published as an ebook in 2013. I have also written a children’s picture book that includes four stories, written in the authors’ own words, about what is like having Tourette syndrome as a child, which will be published later this year. I have also written a full-length non-fiction book about my experiences coaching youth soccer, which will also be published later this year. I am currently working on two other children’s picture books and my first work of fiction, which I am hoping to have published next year. I have also been published in Ethos magazine. I was interviewed on local public radio.