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As part of O, The Oprah Magazine’s December 2019 issue featuring women who live with chronic health conditions, Nikki Burdine shared her story and experiences with Tourette Syndrome. "In my case, I’m no longer embarrassed about having Tourette. I just don’t want it to be a distraction from my job or a reason for people to treat me differently. The truth is, everyone is battling something. My struggle is just a little more obvious.” - Nikki
From all of us at the Tourette Association of America, we wish you a joyous holiday season and a prosperous new year. 2019 was an impactful year, engaging the community with more training, education, events, and other awareness opportunities around the country. We hope to continue to shift public perception and inspire greater acceptance and inclusion for the TS community. This work is only made possible through your support.
To kick-off the season of giving, we hosted the 2019 annual Gala honoring David Begnaud, Lead National Correspondent for CBS This Morning, on November 18. The event raised more than $850,000 and featured empowering messages from David, TAA Youth Ambassadors Mia Mantei and Jordan Falkenstern, NYC Public Advocate Jumaane D. Williams, and an amazing performance by the Michael Wolff Trio. We all know the best deals are on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but it's Giving Tuesday that's the most rewarding. For this international day of giving, we are calling on you to join the movement and support the TAA by making a donation, hosting a Facebook fundraiser, or by sharing our important messages throughout the day.
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Throughout my Air Force career, there were times where I worried military medical bureaucracy would prevent me from doing the things I wanted to do. I was determined that I would not take no for an answer, and pushed hard to show that I could do the job … I graduated top of my class from Explosive Ordnance Disposal school, and commanded an EOD flight, the military equivalent of a bomb squad.
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Are you interested in helping others find hope and inspiration through your personal experiences? The Tourette Association of America is looking for personal stories from the Tourette Syndrome community to be featured throughout the upcoming annual report. We believe experiences from our community are the most impactful way to improve awareness and understanding, and will reshape what people think about TS.