Brad interviews Aryeh from Houston
B: What is your name?
B: How old are you and where are you from?
A: I am 11 years old and I’m from Houston, Texas.
B: How long have you had Tourette Syndrome?
A: I have had tics since I was 6 years old, and have had TS since I was 9.
B: What kinds of symptoms do you have?
A: My motor tics are shaking my head, pushing my arms out to touch something, and sometimes full body spasms. My vocal tics are grunting and squeaking noises and clearing my throat.
B: What is life like for you living with Tourette Syndrome?
A: It can be really annoying and I feel like I’m weird but I’ve learned that everything I do can be just as fun even though I have TS.
B: What advice can you give other kids who are newly diagnosed with Tourette Syndrome?
A: TS doesn’t define you. You’re going to have to go through things that other kids without TS have to as well, except with TS it makes you twice as strong!
B: What is the hardest thing about living with Tourette Syndrome?
A: Having a tic and everyone asking you if you’re ok or what’s wrong with you? Even though you know, nothing is wrong.
B: What do you think other people should know about Tourette Syndrome?
A: We’re still normal kids and can fit in just like everyone else. When people hear TS, they should not think “weird”.
B: What are your strengths and what do you like to do?
A: I’m friendly and very forgiving. I have a good sense of humor. I love singing and have an amazing voice, swimming, martial arts, soccer, cooking, and being with my friends.
B: What are your goals in life?
A: I am going to be the first marine biologist to train wild orca whales in the wild.