About

Well hello there!

This is me, Andrea.

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I used to be the mother of these kids here.

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And I used to write about tics and Tourettes. (See the years… and years… and years of stuff to the right.) I even wrote a book on it!

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And it got really good reviews, including this one from Kirkus!

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What made my book so relatable, from what I hear from readers throughout the world, is that they, too, had to balance an unexpected diagnosis with working, other children, and spouses who, like my sweet Rex, didn’t seem to be bothered by noises, twitches and monthly letters from teachers who just wanted a student to sit still, not ask questions about Mario Cart and insist on wearing a Scooby Doo hat for school pictures or Dora the Explorer sparkle underware on their head for Crazy Hair Day. (# longest running on sentence ever.)

Note on Sweet Rex: Sweet Rex and I had a super hard go of it during the time I wrote this blog. It’s not that I Love Lucy meets I.T. Computer Nerd is not an amazingly adorable mash up in a Nora Ephron film, but it’s not always the easiest combo in real life. 3 years of sobriety and 3 years of weekly communication classes later and I’m THRILLED to report that Rex and I have truly never been happier.

Look! He’s even in this picture with little Stink who, well, is no longer little!

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He’s 6’5 and wears a size 15 shoe. (He’s 16. He’s on his way to being 7 feet tall. No, he doesn’t play basketball. Yes, he still tics a bit. Yes, he is doing well in school and has friends. No, he’s not on medication nor am I to ask him about it anymore which leads me to my final point.)

This blog is no longer going to cover Tourette Syndrome. My son needs his privacy and I need time to focus on my tv pilot and upcoming book of wacky poems.

Why Should You Stay Around?

You don’t have to. If I’ve learned anything from tics and parenting, there is no controlling some things. Readers, like kids, need to make their own decisions. I get to honor that and don’t get to manipulate you into doing what is not right for you!

But… if you did… here’s what you’ll find: More life along the lines of being Happily Ticked Off. I am a true believer that life is not our circumstances, but our perspective. And so, with honesty, joy and always humor, I will continue to write about my weekly adventures in education, writing, parenting, faith, marriage and – of course – tacos.

I Love My Life!

If you found me and you’re currently in a darker phase of existence, I get it. I lived it. But I’m no longer a victim of my circumstances. I’m a warrior in my own story and you can be, too. How about we do training together?

I can’t wait to see what 2019 has to offer. See you on the blog!

Email: HappilyTickedOff@Gmail.com

Twitter: @AndreaFrazer

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16 thoughts on “About”

  1. Thank!!!! looked everywhere for ways to help my son without realizing it was me that needed help. you made me see the light in a very long dark tunnel.

  2. Glad to see you are back. My son got his offical diagnosis of TS on Jan 5th. It was like living it all over again. Your blogging is a wonderful insight and filled with great attitude. Keep of the great work 🙂

  3. Thanks so much for making me laugh and smile when I felt like crying. I can’t tell you how much your blog means to me!

  4. I need this so badly. I had no idea there was a name to what my son was doing. I also was misinformed as to what Tourettes is. I am learning and struggling. I have four children, and we are all trying to cope with the constant vocal tics. Even though this is something we have been dealing with for a while it seems new and overwhelming now that it has a name.

  5. I am also in NJ and wondering if you would refer your specialist…neurologist. We are dealing with tics and I greatly suspect a link to seasonal allergies and food. Thank you!

  6. Andrea,

    I look over many blogs…homemaking…fitness…cooking…parenting…etc, but I have never commented or thanked a person for writing their blog. Thank you. From the bottom of my heart thank you. We are a Southern Ca family whose son has recently developed tics, we are adjusting to our new normal and your writings and wit help. Thank you!

    1. Alicia – Welcome to the club. I am here. Write me privately as if we are ever in the same town I’d be happy to meet ya for coffee!

  7. Dear Andrea,

    I apologize in advance for leaving such a lengthy comment, but I could not find any personal contact information for you.

    Living with a disability is challenging, especially one as misunderstood and publically visible as Tourette’s. In her new fresh, funny and uplifting memoir WELCOME TO BISCUIT LAND: A Year in the Life of Touretteshero, foreword by comedian Steven Fry, Jessica Thom offers a rare, first-person glimpse into Tourette’s Syndrome.

    Squawking on the bus, shouting the world “biscuit” up to 16 times per minute, which is about 16,000 times per day, punching herself in the chest, and trying to soothe the subsequent public responses to her condition is Jess’s everyday reality. A diary-like memoir, WELCOME TO BISCUIT LAND presents short excerpts during the course of a year as Jess navigates a world made complex by her uncontrollable verbal and physical tics.

    In spite of her syndrome, Jess chooses to see herself as a Tourette’s hero, “changing the world one tic at a time.” In 2010, she set up Touretteshero, a community-based web site that seeks to challenge society’s misconceptions while promoting the humor and creativity of the syndrome.

    Jessica Thom is truly a unique and inspiring individual. If you’d be interested in a copy of WELCOME TO BISCUIT LAND for possible review or in speaking to Thom for a profile piece, please feel free to contact me at sfrech@ipgbook.com. Check out more about the book at our website. I look forward to hearing from you.

    Shannon Frech
    Independent Publishers Group
    814 N. Franklin St.
    Chicago, IL 60610
    http://www.ipgbook.com
    Expert distribution services for innovative publishers

  8. Andrea,
    I just became aware of your site because of your review of TICKED. Jeff Matovic is my husband and he and I, along with our co-author, Jim Fussell thank you for your great review of the book.

    TICKED was written not only to inform others about Tourette Syndrome but also to show the world that no matter what obstacles are placed in your life that with perseverance you can achieve your goals, your dreams for this life.

    I am happy to report that we are approaching the 10th anniversary of Jeff’s Deep Brain Stimulation surgery and he is still tic free! It truly is a miracle each morning that he wakes up and there are no tics.

    Since the success of the surgery Jeff spends his days speaking to groups and organizations about the perseverance that it took to overcome 30+ years of tics and find a doctor who was willing to take this risk with him of doing an experimental surgery. His talks are not meant to convince those with TS to have the surgery themselves, but rather to help them see that just because you do have TS doesn’t mean you can’t have a very fulfilling life.

    If you would like to speak with Jeff about his story please feel free to contact us on Facebook (for me you will need to find me under Debra Janning Matovic) or at jpm12373@aol.com.

    We also have a page on FB for TICKED. You can find it at: https://www.facebook.com/TickedTouretteSyndrome.

    Thank you for helping to spread the word about TICKED and about Tourette Syndrome awareness!!

    Sincerely,
    Debra Matovic

  9. Thank You. Just ….. Thank you. Your humor and faith provided me with a ray of light on one of the darker days in my journey as a TS mama.

  10. Andrea, I loved reading this and can’t wait to check out more of your writing. I relate to SO much of what you wrote. My children don’t have TS, but we have a lot of other things going on. It’s not easy. I’m particularly interested in your story because 1) your writing is relatable and hilarious, and 2) because my best friend’s son is in the process of being diagnosed with TS (or something involving tics.) They’re coming to visit next weekend, and I can’t wait to share your site with her. We have had amazing results with g-free/c-free eating, though I’ve fallen way off the wagon recently. Thanks for stopping by my blog. You’re right — we do seem to have a lot in common.

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