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Josh’s Diaries: Tourette’s

Teenage Diaries Revisited Listen to Josh's diary 16 years later »

Josh has Tourette’s Syndrome, a neurological disorder that causes uncontrollable tics and involuntary verbal outbursts.

In high school, Josh documented his life with Tourette’s Syndrome, a neurological disorder that causes uncontrollable tics and involuntary verbal outbursts. Today, Josh has overcome Tourette’s enough to become a NYC public school teacher, but not enough to remain one. In this story, listen to Josh’s audio diaries about trying to live a normal life with a brain that often betrays him.

“It feels like there’s a big balloon inside my stomach. And the balloon keeps growing bigger and bigger, like every second extra the tic stays inside it feels like somebody blows up the balloon another notch, until I let it out.”

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