Rochelle’s Story – Volunteering to Make a Difference
At 37 years old, living with Tourette Syndrome has been challenging at times for Rochelle Bono. She was diagnosed in 1990 when she was 8 years old. Her tics included head jerking, blinking, grimaces, sniffling, clicking her tongue, barking like a dog, bird whistles and making crossed eyes. As an adult, she experienced suicidal tendencies, loneliness, low self-confidence, and isolation. She struggled with school and work, leading to homelessness and job loss. Still, she has used her experiences with Tourette Syndrome to help others.