Tourette's and the people that suffer from it
**Warning, vulgar language in video.**
Jade O'Connell is just one of many that suffer from Tourette Syndrome and posts videos to YouTube, Tik Tok, Instagram, and the like. I learned of this young lady from my daughter. Jade often posts videos of her baking with her family members and they are funny videos. She even has a few that show her doing makeup on herself and others, which is also funny. She does this to show that there's a humorous part of the disease, but she also posts videos where her and her friend "Uncle Tics" answer questions and discuss the very negative aspects to the disease too. Well, last night I watched her have what she [and other Tourette's sufferers] calls a tic attack. It broke my heart. I cried for her. I watched the whole thing [about 10 min]. She commented that this "tic attack" lasted 40 minutes, but that she had only posted 10 minutes of the video. I can only imagine how exhausting it is.
About 30 seconds into the video, I thought to myself, "I'm watching someone's brain completely short circuit." In modern cars, it would be like if the computer began to fry and the lights, blower motor, windshield wipers, dings, bells, the horn, etc. all began to randomly do things simultaneously. Then... she stopped breathing and her brain would only allow her to take in tiny short breaths. I didn't post that particular video because while I watched the entire thing, many would struggle watching even a minute of it.
My uncle's best friend since Kindergarten has Tourette Syndrome (TS). He was young when he started having tics; maybe 8 or 9. His ultra Christian parents [who adopted him as an infant] believed that he was possessed. They had an exorcism done. I don't know how old he was when he finally was diagnosed with TS, but I've known him my whole life and I can see that his TS is not as severe compared to some, but then it's a little worse than others. He has only motor tics; he has tics in his neck, blinks, and flips his hair. He's kept his hair long for as long as I can remember and my understanding is that he grew it out and kept it that way because it prevented him from hitting himself in the face and head. What sucks is that while meds can help with tic control for some, meds don't work for all that suffer.
The video I posted is Jade simply explaining what TS is and how it can affect people.