Jaimes Thorpe via Crowdrise
September 04, 2010
BENEFITING: TOURETTE SYNDROME ASSOCIATION INC
How does this tie in with supporting Tourette’s research & support? I certainly don’t want to reinforce the media stereotype of Tourette’s sufferers - really, it’s *so* much more than the outbursts of foul language you’ll see portrayed in the movies. People with Tourette’s – whether it presents as vocal tics, motor tics or both – are unable to control their actions: their lives are ruled by uncontrollable urges to move, touch, speak in ways that are often deemed inappropriate, offensive, or even crazy by onlookers.
The way I look at it is this: I, if I choose, am able to control my behaviour. When I meet people for the first time, I act differently than when with close friends. If I go on a date, I try to make a good impression by behaving more like a ‘lady’ and less like the vulgar harpie I really am. When I go to job interviews, I am on my BEST behaviour. These are all abilities that I – and most people, I would wager – take for granted, and things that Tourette’s sufferers are unable to control.
So, while I attempt to better myself, I would also like to better life for others :) For the next 3 months, I am going to put a coin in a jar every time I say a bad word (actually, there is no ‘jar’ as such, I’m merely going to keep track of the bad words and add them up as I go). Once a week, I’ll donate that money to the Tourette Syndrom Association, and post a brief update on how my week went … this might provide a few laughs LMAO it could also turn out to be very VERY expensive.
I would love to see other people take up the challenge to better themselves and the lives of others at the same time. Why not start a ‘swear jar’ of your own, or if not, donations to support me on my quest for a cleaner vocabulary are always encouraged.