Meet Benjamin: musician, athlete and ski racer!

B: What is your name?
B: Benjamin

B: How old are you and where are you from?
B: 14 from Toronto

B: How long have you had Tourette Syndrome? B: I was diagnosed when I was 7 …but the likelihood is that it has been a part of me since my first breath.

B: What kinds of symptoms do you have?
B: I clear my throat, blink my eyes, shake my leg, and sniffle.

B: What is life like for you living with Tourette Syndrome?
B: Life with Tourette Syndrome is like a locked door leading to paradise without a key. It is a life full of many challenges that can prevent me from acting and behaving like a normal kid…but what is normal?

B: What advice can you give other kids who are newly diagnosed with Tourette Syndrome?
B: Life will get better. There will be obstacles leading up to that day, but it will come. If you expect change, be the first to show it!

B: What is the hardest thing about living with Tourette Syndrome?
B: Acceptance.

B: What do you think other people should know about Tourette Syndrome?
B: You can’t control it and people who are not aware of this disorder, should educate themselves.

B: What are your strengths and what do you like to do?
B: Sports and music. I ski race, play soccer, tennis, volleyball and sail. I also love to play guitar, piano, trumpet, drums and sing.

B: What are your goals in life?
B: I hope to obtain a successful profession and have a great family. Above all, I want to be happy.

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