Originally posted on TED Blog:
Jess Thom wants you to know that it’s okay to laugh.
“You’re going to hear the words ‘biscuit’ and ‘hedgehog’ a lot in the next few minutes,” she says at the beginning of her talk from TEDxAlbertopolis. That’s because Thom has Tourette’s syndrome, a neurological condition that causes involuntary movements and noises commonly referred to as tics.
In the extraordinary talk below, Thom explains how she has turned her condition into a source of creativity and artistic expression, empowering herself to become a superhero instead of a sufferer.
We spoke with Thom, who founded the website Touretteshero, about learning to embrace Tourette’s. Below, an edited transcript of her really lovely responses:
You bring so much humor and joy to living with Tourette’s syndrome. How have people reacted to your message, and to your TEDx talk in particular?
When I first started Touretteshero, I had no idea how people…
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