Living at Tourette: Mother tells how she raises THREE children with the syndrome and how she deals with her involuntary tics and violent outbursts of obscene language.
- Mandy Maysey has three children, all of whom have developed the Tourette Syndrome.
- Connor, 25, Jasmine, 12, and Isabelle, 6, who are constantly plagued by involuntary tics
- She has revealed that her children frequently pick up new tics from her siblings
An Australian mother has shown what it's like to raise three children with Tourette syndrome.
Mandy Maysey's children Connor (25), Jasmine (12) and Isabelle (6) are constantly plagued by involuntary, often violent and verbal tics of obscene language.
The middle child Jasmine began to develop signs of neurological disorder around Easter this year, beginning with strange body movements.
Mandy Maysey's children Connor, 25, Jasmine, 12 and Isabelle, 6, are constantly plagued by involuntary body movements Tics – often violent – and verbal tics with obscene language
Jasmine began to develop tics, including beating herself, at Easter this year
This then progressed in the last school holidays to repeatedly yell certain sentences like "Bob Ross is my father," "I'm a hobbit," and "woof woof."
It was only last week that she developed coprolality – the obscene vocal habits.
So three for three with Tourette and three for three with the cursing. I really should play a lottery, "Mandy Maysey told The Sunday Project.
Jasmine said she regularly injures herself because one of her tics is slapping her face.
She also beats her mother, whom she says "hates every second", which has led the younger sister Isabelle to develop the same tic.
Mandy says tics are suggestive and if someone else has a particular tic, it's pretty easy for him to understand that.
The oldest of the three Connors revealed that his tourrette had only appeared four years ago.
It first manifested as a nod in the head when I was about 21 years old, and it continuously escalated from there on. In adulthood, I had to learn to navigate in a whole new world, "he said.
Tourettes affects about 1 in 100 children, but the cause remains a mystery.
In public, you really have to develop a thick skin, "says Mandy.
Studies show that those under the age of 21 are more likely to be affected – as are boys generally more often than girls who develop the disease.
Symptoms are believed to decrease with age, however, those with the condition have to learn how to manage it for a lifetime.
"When you go in public, you really have to develop a thick skin. I can understand that for some people it is a challenge to hear the language that comes out of my beautiful children's mouth. But that's just part of life, they can not help it and they have no intentions, "Mandy said.
Mandy says she allows herself to cry, but then quickly finds her serenity and realizes that she plays a supporting role for her children and must be there for them.
"I reserve a pity party two or three times a week, and when I need it, I'll cry," she said.
"I'll drive in my car or hear a sad song." I'll shout my eyes out or I'll sit in the shower for 10 minutes … and then regroup and say & # 39; & # 39; OK, that's enough & # 39; & # 39 ;. [
Symptoms are believed to decrease with age. However, those with this condition must learn to handle it for a lifetime.