Well hello there!
This is me, Andrea.
I used to be the mother of these kids here.
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!
And it got really good reviews, including this one from Kirkus!
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!
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!
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