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For You Overly Considerate Tourette’s Folks!

Hi all, and today I’m specifically talking to you people with Tourette’s, or parents of kids with Tourette’s.

I’m getting lots of emails from you, which is wonderful. Sometimes you want help, sometimes you want to vent, sometimes you want to ask questions, and it’s all just great.

But! way too many of these emails start with things like:

“I know you’re way too busy, but–”

“You probably won’t even read this, but–”

“I’ll be surprised if you have time for this, but–”


Listen. I don’t get to feel genuinely useful very often, and when I do, it’s usually because I’m doing something Tourette’s related. So here’s my plea. If you’re dealing with Tourette’s and you think I have anything to offer you, please stop being so respectful of my time.

If you ask for too much, I’ll say “That’s too much.” If I don’t have enough time, I’ll say “I don’t have enough time.” If you ask a question I don’t have an answer for, I’ll say “I don’t have an answer for that.”

But if any of you are not writing/asking/contacting me just because you’ve already decided I couldn’t possibly have time for you, that would break my heart. Snap out of it!

If I can help, I will. If I can’t, I won’t pretend I can. If what you need is someone to listen to you, I will listen. If you want me to listen to you for 100 hours, I’ll say that’s way too much. But until we get there, ask.

In the comments, in email, or on the phone. ASK. (please)

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  • rabbi neil fleischmann August 1, 2013, 10:00 pm

    I don’t know what to say other than wow.

  • Mary August 3, 2013, 1:16 pm

    Hi, Josh, I don’t know how to contact you other than in this way. No place for comment on your emails (no reply@).
    I am searching over and over again for the passage in your book where you explain about how you have to get back up on the horse, suck it up (pardon me) and struggle through. Could you possibly point me in the right direction? (Or someone, please). Thanks

  • Wendy August 3, 2013, 4:15 pm

    We need more people in the world like you Josh. You’re awesome!

  • Keila Lozada-Gonzalez August 3, 2013, 7:19 pm

    Hey Josh,
    I’m close to finishing “The World’s Strongest Librarian” & I haven’t laughed or cried so much, ever! You are an amazing
    person and I am so happy that you wrote your story. It so
    soul-pleasing to know that you, Janette & Max are here at the same time as me. I have changed my mind about so many things reading your story. Thank you, for being honest & so very funny. Wishing you all many blessings! p.s. I work at a Library in Bellingham, WA.

  • Deb August 12, 2013, 6:50 pm

    Keila took the words out of my mouth! My favorite book of the summer. You are inspirational and motivating and are on your way to making big discoveries and touching more lives than you could ever know. Thanks for sharing.