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It was like trying to suppress a sneeze. The tension would build up, making him uncomfortable and uneasy until the inevitable conclusion – the involuntary uttering of a nonsense phrase, maybe, or the sudden jutting of his arms. That’s how Justin Farmer, a 26-year-old Hamden councilman, described the symptoms of Tourette syndrome that led to a rocky stretch in his late teens.
Happy Tourette Syndrome Awareness Month! It is my favorite time of year, with exciting programs and awareness initiatives for all. What I love most is our community coming together in monumental ways to lift each other up through stories, togetherness, and local communities lit up Teal in the name of Tourette Awareness. We recently shared a powerful video that showcases the realities of the condition as well as the physical and psychological impact. In collaboration with AIST Onlus Associazione Italiana Sindrome di Tourette, we discussed the heightened need for awareness on a global scale and how kindness, compassion and knowledge can go great lengths.
Teen resident, and senior at Kellenberg Memorial High School, Giovanni Kubanick recently received his Eagle Scout status and commendation. He now joins a league of gentlemen and, more recently, ladies who’ve climbed to the zenith of Scout mastery. The ranks include presidents, astronauts, composers, billionaires, movie moguls, and others. Rising to the challenge in itself is astonishing, but Giovanni had to double down on hard work and dedication. Why? Because he not only had to accomplish the extraordinary but do it while tackling the daily trials of living with Tourette Syndrome (TS).
While the hustle and bustle of the day continues, the work the TAA is doing is for each of you. We are inspired by you. We are always learning from you. We are here for you, giving the support you need. The spring affords ample opportunities to get connected and involved from free or low-cost programs such as Virtual Conference, our Provider Webinar Series, Miles for Tourette and more. Next month will kick-off Tourette Syndrome Awareness Month and you can look forward to fun and engaging ways to join us in raising awareness.