What it’s like to live with Tourette’s (short video – please watch it)

Wow.  A young college grad, Marc Elliot, with Tourette’s Syndrome did a YouTube video showing what it’s like to have Tourette’s, including walking around in public and having people look at him funny on the street, or being asked by security at the library if he can please stop doing it “because you’re scaring people.”  And the camera is in the background catching it all.

Just wow.

He talks about how in the airport he couldn’t stop saying “ticking bomb.”  He talks about bringing a washcloth to a movie or a play and stuff the washcloth in his mouth to muffle the noises.

He’s so well-adjusted about it.

Here’s the description from Marc’s video:

Screen-Shot-2013-03-01-at-12.04.53-AMMarc Elliot just graduated from Washington University and has a complex form of Tourette’s syndrome. He makes sounds and says words that he cannot control. Now 23, he is now inspiring audiences across the country by sharing his life story in order to convey the value of tolerance and the basic mental attitudes and behaviors that allow it to flourish. This documentary attempts to give the audience an inside look at how people react to others who are different and Marc’s day to day life. In addition, Marc details the progression of his Tourette’s with personal anecdotes.

Watch this. It’s a neat video.


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