Friday, June 28, 2013

Seeing Someone Else with Tics out and About!

I came back a little while ago from a Sushi dinner with my family which we had together as a celebration of everyone's hard work during the school year. While waiting for our table, my brother and I sat down on a bench facing some tables. I immediately noticed a very pretty young lady in her mid 20's probably who was ticcing!!! She was doing some of the exact same eye tics that I do. Hard squinting and eye rolling. At first I thought maybe she just got something in her eye but as a I sat there for about 15 minutes waiting for a table, I noticed that she did it repetitively and frequently. She was definitely ticcing!

She was out to dinner with a friend and they were talking and looked like they were having a great time! I wanted to go up to her so bad and say "I have tics too!!!" and strike up a conversation with her but I of course held myself back, lol. She looked so sophisticated, looked like she was having a great time, and of course the friend who she was out with seemed totally used to her tics and okay with them. I admired her self-confidence and self-assurance from a far. It always encourages me so much to see this! To see someone who is sophisticated, mature, and out for a special night with a friend having a great time, tics and all. Just wanted to share this moment with you all 


  1. I saw a staff member at my school jerking her head like I do. I could tell it was a tic, and I wanted to say something like, "I have tics too," but I decided against it.

  2. Haha yes I had the same initial reaction! I wanted so bad to go up to her and say "I HAVE TICS TOO!!" but like you, I decided against it. Love seeing other people with tics because it makes me feel not so alone :)

  3. Hi. My name is Tammy, and I too have Tourette Syndrome. I wanted to know if the two of you and any others would be interested in participating in my Doctoral research project. It is about the positive and negative treatment experiences we face when going for help for our TS, including reaching out for counseling supports. Also, it is about your perspective of what you would change about treatment options. In my research I write my story, and then get the perspective of 5 other people with TS. Let me know if you want to help out with this very important topic. Thanks. Have a wonderful day. Email me at if you are interested. Sincerely, Tammy Povich, MHS