I was 17 years old, working at the public library in my little town. I made a small little noise and shrugged it off thinking it was a hiccup or something. However, I continued to make this noise day after day. Then multiple times per day. Eventually, the noises evolved and changed, taking on a personality of their own.
At the age of 24 I was diagnosed with Tourette Syndrome. I had fun with my noises, and now that they had a diagnosis, I also gave them a name. They were now known as Jess. They noises had a personality of their own and we get along quite well.
Chapter 2: The Writer
As I was diagnosed, I was in college and fascinated by the new trait I had just received. It was a part of me and I was curious to find out what that meant for me. Rather than doing an internship, I wrote a senior thesis on Tourette Syndrome and how it affects communication.
Presenting my paper before my college professors, I was astounded by the response. They encouraged me to publish my work, which eventually became my first book. Having also been a bookworm for all my life, I was addicted to the process of writing and publishing. So this is just the beginning! Follow me as I share the incredible life lessons I have learned with you!