Meet Christopher: Baseball pitcher, musician and future dentist!

Meet Christopher from St. Charles, Missouri

B: What is your name?

C: Christopher

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

C: I am 11 years old and I live in St. Charles, Missouri.

B: How long have you had Tourette Syndrome?

C: I was diagnosed with Tourette Syndrome when I was 10, but I have had tics for a few years. 

B: What kinds of symptoms do you have?

C: Different tics come and go, but my main tics are eye blinking, nose twitching, head shaking, and throat noises.

B: What is life like for you living with Tourette Syndrome?

C: My life is pretty normal.  I have friends, I play sports, and I get good grades in school.  The only difference is that Tourette’s can make things a little harder for me sometimes.  I also have to explain TS to a lot of people, but I am getting pretty good at doing that.      

B: What advice can you give other kids who are newly diagnosed with Tourette Syndrome?

C: The best thing you can do is always be yourself.  Don’t be embarrassed about having TS, and don’t try to hide it.  It will help a lot if you talk to your friends and classmates to teach them about TS.  This will help them understand and then it becomes no big deal.  I have given two speeches about TS to my classmates.  Sometimes my friends and I can even laugh about it.  Having a good sense of humor helps me to not worry so much about my tics.

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

C: Whenever I am trying to concentrate, sometimes a tic will come along and distract me. 

B: What do you think other people should know about Tourette Syndrome?

C: Tourette Syndrome is not contagious and it won’t kill you.  People with TS can do anything that anyone else can do.  God makes everybody different…and my difference is Tourette Syndrome.

B: What are your strengths and what do you like to do?

C: I am a very good baseball pitcher and I really like playing baseball with my team.  I also enjoy golfing, fishing, Scouting, and riding my bike.  My favorite subject in school is science, and I play trombone in the school band. 

B: What are your goals in life?

C: In a few years, I hope to become a Youth Ambassador for the Tourette Syndrome Association because I would like to help kids learn more about TS.  I also want to be a camp counselor at the YMCA during the summer.  When I grow up I plan to become a dentist.

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