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How To Have Tourette’s Part 7: No Excuses

Update: If you found your way here because you have Tourette’s, please subscribe to my Tourette’s newsletter and watch the video. A lot has changed since I filmed this.

Bad day, then a bad night.  But a lesson learned.  Please share this with anyone who could use the message.  Much appreciated, friend.

I’m okay.  I really am.

You make this easier for me by being here.  Thank you.


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  • Adam T Glass November 18, 2009, 7:48 pm

    Hey lady, you’re still on a time line to press those double 40’s and these long videos maybe cutting in time spent lifting 😉

    Next time it gets like i want you grab you 32s and go for a walk. Like when you were kicking it up here- we smoke you bad enough everything calms down nicely.

    I will be calling tomorrow, great stuff as usual. Now go get some pizza and ice cream and rack out. 250 is not that far away anymore…

    • Josh Hanagarne November 18, 2009, 7:57 pm

      Lady? Adam, you’ve taken the lid off something you can’t put back in. I snatched the 40s yesterday and will be pressing them before 2010. Your records are all in jeopardy. Well, maybe not all of them. I actually just finished eating a giant meat pizza.

  • Megan Horton November 18, 2009, 8:54 pm

    Josh…what do I do if I can’t hear this? Because I can’t. I tried looking it up on Viddler and Youtube but couldn’t find it. Any suggestions?

    • Josh Hanagarne November 18, 2009, 8:57 pm

      Megan, the sound is fine, I’d just check your PC. I made the video private. I only want it on the blog. Someone else might be able to weigh in and help you. Mom was able to watch it on your computer with no trouble.

      • Megan Horton November 20, 2009, 5:36 pm

        Ok. My speakers are really horrible. I’ll just have to try to watch it on mom’s computer next time I’m by it.

        • Megan Horton November 20, 2009, 5:45 pm

          OK I was able to hear it just now, but that’s probably because Sydnee is at a sleepover, so she’s not running around squealing about Nick Jonas making it hard to hear. It still was pretty quiet though.

          That video was sad.
          TS and MS are big fat piles of BS. Oh well. We may be two of the hottest sick people Earth has EVER seen, so there is that….

  • Mary W. November 19, 2009, 1:03 am

    Josh, you never cease to inspire me (or amuse me, depending on the post). I also have a built-in excuse that I can’t control. It is depressing enough that I deal with the issue, but it’s more depressing when I allow it to deal with me. Most people aren’t willing to support me in pushing myself to the limit, because they feel sorry for me, or as one friend said she felt guilty because this happened to me and not her. When people see me; they see my problem–to them it is my identity. But that’s just it; it’s something that HAPPENED to me, but it’s not ME nor my identity. I get discouraged, and sometimes I let my excuse lead me to not working as hard as I could and should. Thanks for reminding me to accept and act accordingly, without judging me.

    p.s. – like Megan, I also struggle with your sound volume. I can hear everything else on my computer at a medium to low volume level but when you post a video, I turn up all the volumes available to their max levels – my speakers, the media player, my system sound…and I still hold the speaker up to my ear.

    • Josh Hanagarne November 19, 2009, 9:11 am

      Mary, you’re welcome. I’m sorry about the volume. The playback is deafening on my own computer, even the lower volumes. Any tips? Techie, I am not.

  • Harry F November 19, 2009, 7:11 am

    This is my first visit to your site and I had to subscribe immediately. You are an inspiration. Thanks for your courage to share your stories and adventures in living. When I am dealing with depression I know that I have to move forward toward my potential. You have reinforced that in me and I am thankful.


    • Josh Hanagarne November 19, 2009, 9:13 am

      Harry, depression is no joke. Don’t beat yourself up if you succumb occasionally, but make sure you are having more up times than down, or something’s really out of wack. Thanks for visiting, I hope you’re here to stay!

  • Boris Bachmann November 19, 2009, 3:04 pm

    Might as well make it 112 replies! Thank you for the inspiring post Josh!

    • Josh Hanagarne November 19, 2009, 3:31 pm

      Boris, you’re welcome. I think 60 of those replies are my own:)

  • Patrenia November 19, 2009, 10:27 pm

    Thank you so much for finding me so that I could find you (if that makes sense). I really have enjoyed reading your posts and love your transparency and honesty. Thanks for sharing your story :-). It is very inspiring!

    • Josh Hanagarne November 19, 2009, 10:48 pm

      Patrenia, it makes as much sense as any of this:)

  • Sheri Bell-Rehwoldt November 19, 2009, 11:17 pm

    You’re such a cool guy, Josh!! I wish the very best for you. 😉

    • Josh Hanagarne November 19, 2009, 11:23 pm

      Thanks Sheri. Coolness has a dreadful price:)

  • Sheri Bell-Rehwoldt November 20, 2009, 10:02 am

    I’m sorry, Josh. I know you’re really, really tired of hitting yourself in your face. Frankly, I don’t know where you find the strength to keep such a good attitude. But you’re making a difference in other people’s souls. We’re thinking, “If Josh can do it, without excuse, then I need to get my sorry arse in line, too.” For that, I thank you. 😉 But I’m also praying for ya, too. 😉

  • Tim November 21, 2009, 9:04 pm

    Thanks so much for that Josh! Very inspirational 🙂

    I too have tourettes though it’s more minor than yours and you’re completely right it should never be used as an excuse for not giving life your best shot 😀

    I totally get what you mean by parents telling you to “stop doing those things with your face” etc (from your previous videos), I started getting ticks from 13 and only discovered it’s tourettes last year at 20 and my parents were constantly telling me off for doing blinking / eye rolling / pulling my face in weird ways and making squeaking noises constantly.

    Loving this series, keep it up 🙂

    • Josh Hanagarne November 22, 2009, 12:22 am

      Tim, how long have you known you had it?

      • Tim November 30, 2009, 8:05 am

        Only known about a year now, when I saw a documentary on it with heaps of kids having the exact same problems as me and realized that’s what I had.

        I previously always thought tourettes was simply where you sweared a lot, thats Hollywood for ya.

  • Annabel Candy November 23, 2009, 3:35 am

    That sucks big time big boy. Now I’m thinking it’s not so good that you’re strong. Ouch. Brilliant message. I love your positive attitude. Keep moving on – you’re heading in the right direction:)

  • Katebits November 29, 2009, 9:47 pm

    Thanks for sharing this message with such dignity. “Built in excuses” is honestly not something I’ve ever thought about before. Definitely food for thought.

    • Josh Hanagarne November 30, 2009, 12:21 pm

      Dignity is a word that has never been applied to me. Time for a journal entry:)

  • Beth L. Gainer December 1, 2009, 1:19 pm

    Thank you for your courage in sharing this video, Josh. You rock.

  • bloominglater December 15, 2009, 4:10 pm

    Josh –

    I found your blog through http://www.lifewithoutpants.com/, a blog that I found through someone else’s twitter feed. The universe is a friendly place. I have struggled for a long time with something which has allowed me to feel sorry for myself and to use behaviors “that are beneath me” to cope. Your post inspired me to action. Bless you for it and thank you so much for sharing what has to be a very difficult and vulnerable story at times. It is that vulnerability, though, that teaches us, that helps us heal and that makes us whole. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

    Peace and many blessings,

    • Josh Hanagarne December 15, 2009, 4:58 pm

      What a nice compliment. Thank you and thanks for the visit. I hope you’ll be here for a long time. It’s not always quite this dramatic around here!

  • Ry St June 9, 2010, 3:08 pm

    This video is massively inspiring.

    I have OCD! I have an attention span that can be measured in days! I am a kick ass financial analyst. I fix things before they break. Once in a while I’ll do something weird. I’m still going to work.

    I guess I’m trying to say I’ve been there, sitting at my computer trying to figure out why I’m hitting myself. You lay it out there, and you are my new hero.

    • Josh Hanagarne June 9, 2010, 5:44 pm

      Thank you. I’ve never watched this video. I don’t think I ever will. But I’m happy that people seem to get something out of it.

  • BRandon D April 6, 2011, 1:38 pm

    I found this site while my tics were extreme and searching for familiar pain i guess. But im glad i found it. I will read much more and watch more videos. Our tics are a LOT the same. Yesterday my voice was starting to fade due to tics and i keep touching my face and its hurting. Anyway. Nice to “meet” you. I will keep in touch

    • Josh Hanagarne April 6, 2011, 1:41 pm

      Brandon, I just sent you an email. Thanks for chiming in. I look forward to talking more. Nice to meet you as well.