This post is by one of my friends, about one of my heroes: Jacob McGee. Jacob, if you’re reading this today, you need to know that I look up to you, and I don’t look up to very many people. You’re the best! Josh.
By Michelle McGee, Moxie Momma
As the mother of a child with Tourette Syndrome, I have spent a lot of my time searching. Searching for answers so that I can help Jacob overcome TS. Searching for strength within myself so that I can be strong for Jacob.
But also searching for acceptance because deep down I know that this is who Jacob is. After 6 years of searching I can finally say that I have found some answers. As Jacob says, “Everyone has a challenge and Tourettes is mine.”
The Search For Proof
So my challenge is that my son has TS and I have to accept the fact that I can’t “fix” him. More importantly I have to realize that he doesn’t need fixing. He is who he is – and that’s okay. In fact, it’s a blessing because Jacob is a kind, sympathetic soul who understands that being different is not a curse and without TS he might not be that person.
But the one thing I still continue to search for is proof. Proof that someone like Jacob can find happiness as an adult with TS when he heads out into a world that can be pretty harsh to someone who is different. I search for success stories – people who have TS and have thrived in spite, or even as a result of the complications it can cause.
It’s easy to search for TS stories and find the sensational ones – the ones the media likes to exploit. They paint a very dismal scene. And although I know there are people who inhabit that landscape, I choose to fill my mind with the positive stories – the stories that prove that happiness can come to anyone. I have been very fortunate in my search for such stories – Josh is one of those stories.
Another great story is the one about a teacher in Georgia, Brad Cohen, who, despite being discouraged by many people when he said he wanted to be a teacher, went on to become Teacher of the Year. He also started a camp called Camp Twitch and Shout for kids with Tourette Syndrome.
These are the stories I share with Jacob.
And although it may sound silly to some, probably more important to me than the fact that both of these amazing men are successful in their lives, is the fact that they are both married – that they have found someone who loves them and accepts them. There are plenty more positive stories about people with TS, and a new one is in the making – the story of my son, Jacob McGee.
He is going to be better than just fine. In his words, he is going to “change the world”. And you know what – I believe him. Best of all, I know that he will have someone to share all of that change with.
About The Author: Michelle McGee writes the blog Moxie Momma, where she writes about “Tourette’s, Testosterone, and Life in the Sass Lane.”