My name is Emily Blattberg. I am 16 years old and I’m in 11th grade. I was diagnosed with Tourette Syndrome in 4th grade, but I’ve probably had tics since I was 5 years old.
For the longest time, I struggled to accept my diagnosis because of the misconceptions that I had of what TS was and that led me to be in denial. I was afraid of what others would think of me. I was scared and confused about what my life would become.
However, during all of this, I never let my tics prevent me from doing what I love to do. I enjoy listening to music, art, and jujitsu. I continued to perform in several concerts and plays as well as earn my Jr. Black Belt in Jujitsu.
It took me awhile to accept my diagnosis, but once I did that, I discovered the Tourette Association of America’s National Awareness 5K Walk/Run. I’ve participated in the walk for the past two years and I’ve had a lot of fun. I enjoyed raising awareness and meeting others with TS. I can’t wait to be the ambassador for this year’s walk!