Today, you’ll write about the most interesting person you’ve met in 2014. In your twist, develop and shape your portrait further in a character study.
I met Jess
When I met Jess I had this pre-conceived idea for a split second that I should be nervous, do you ever get that, just a random split second dictation of one part of your mind trying to take over your instinctive emotions?
I suppose these are pre-determined expectations from somewhere deep in the recesses of our mind.
However, there she was large a life in front of me, her smile was completely engaging, a warmth radiated from her that was drawing and I found myself instantly liking this woman immensely.
Then she started talking, I was riveted to the spot, she was highly intellectual as well as funny and a deep almost overwhelming feeling of admiration swept over my body for the woman. I found myself thinking “I want to be around this woman, know more about her, her positive energy is truly special, intoxicating even”.
All of these feelings and emotions brought about are for Jess in herself as a person, who she is, not what she has, though now I can tell you that she has struggled for years with Tourettes.
My son has tics/tourettes which is why we ended up at this local ‘get together’ of other sufferers. It was the first time for us as a family and I think we were all nervous, didn’t know what to expect.
My son took quite some time to feel comfortable that he could ‘let go’ still conscious about the sounds he made even infront of fellow sufferers. Yet when listening to Jess I could almost see a tangable confidence seep in to his body.
How can Tourettes affect someone?
I was very limited in my knowledge as to the effects Tourettes could have on someone. I thought it was primarily verbal, but now I know how physical it can be.
With Jess for instance, she cannot walk because of it, her legs go in to such strong spasms that they won’t hold her up. The same as with her arms, they too go in to spasms and lash out to the point she has to wear padding on her limbs to protect not only others but herself too.
Tourettes also effects her vocally, causing random words which now she uses in a humourous fashion when she speaks. She is able to do this because she is confident. She now uses Tourettes to her advantage to educate others, to find humour not at her but with her.
Jess now has to have someone with her 24hrs to ensure she is safe.
I found her as a person awe inspiring and what she now does to help others.
She has started Tourettes Heroes which is a website that helps other sufferers through so many realms, be it a chat portal, educating, art and events.
If you wish to know more about Tourettes and Jess you can find info here – Tourettes Heroes
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