Tourette’s was once considered rare and bizarre, a neurological condition often associated with the exclamation of obscene words or socially inappropriate outbursts. It’s a syndrome that has been used in Hollywood movies to gain laughs, but what is it really like for those who live with the often misunderstood condition? This film hopes to lift the stigma of Tourette’s by following four everyday Americans who find themselves living a fulfilling and ambitious life despite consent and sometimes debilitating effects of the misunderstood disorder.
12 year-old Natasha was first diagnosed with Tourette’s when she was seven years old. Today, she’s actively raising awareness and won’t allow herself to be defined by her facial and vocal tics. For Josh, who has suffered from the disorder since childhood, has overcome self-harm caused by his uncontrollable tics, and gone on to write a memoir entitled The World’s Strongest Librarian.
Calvert was diagnosed with Tourette’s while in his fifties. His recent PhD from University of Utah and his position as Chairman of the Tourette Syndrome Association, Utah Chapter gives him an outlet to talk and help others better understand the disorder.
Once diagnosed with one of the worst cases of Tourette’s Syndrome in the United States, Peter has an extremely emotional story. Today Peter has beaten the odds after undergoing experimental brain surgery to help reduce his severe tics. Peter looks ahead with his message of hope and determination.