Writing 101, Day Six: Someone special!

Writing 101, Day Six: A Character-Building Experience

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

Thank you for reading and viewing.

Did you know about Tourettes before this article?

How did my piece make you feel?

© Justine @ Eclecticoddnsods.com


  12 comments for “Writing 101, Day Six: Someone special!

  1. June 10, 2014 at 3:03 PM

    As a parent you worry continuously for your child but when your child suffers with something like this, that worry is constant. I know with Oscar, I’ve had to develop a thick skin in order to combat peoples’ rude stares and whispers during one of Oscar’s outbursts.

    It’s wonderful that you’ve found such a welcoming, safe place for your son to be free to just be himself 🙂 xx


    • June 10, 2014 at 3:31 PM

      Yes he has enjoyed the time we spent there we need to do more we missed the last event as was on holiday but shall make efforts to make the next one and your right one has to get a thicker skin x


  2. Lainey
    June 10, 2014 at 3:08 PM

    Great post Justine, must admit I don’t know a lot about tourettes but know of some children in my daughters school that have “mild” versions. Inclusion and helping with confidence is vital, glad to see positive things being done 😉


    • June 10, 2014 at 3:30 PM

      Yes your right confidence is key but it’s almost a double edged sword trying to get there. Jess is truly inspirational x


  3. June 10, 2014 at 4:21 PM

    A very encouraging read! My regards to Jess!


  4. June 10, 2014 at 10:15 PM

    Wonderful post, Justine! Jess must be such a strong woman who inspires a lot of people!


    • June 11, 2014 at 5:57 PM

      she really is amazing, as a person let alone her courage and determination in helping others with tourettes x


  5. June 11, 2014 at 1:56 AM

    Justine – what a sweet tribute to Jess. Thsnk you for sharing your reality with me.


  6. June 17, 2014 at 10:20 PM

    I remember reading your post about her, and watching her video. She is a perfect person for you to write about for this prompt. Bravo!


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