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 Come visit my other writing, as other

thriving parents’ blogs,

for daily support at the

New Jersey Center for

Tourette Syndrome website!

 

Consider this your 12-Step Tics and Tourettes Support Group where we will encourage each other to:

1. Accept the tics we cannot change

2. Change the tics we can

3. And have the wisdom to know the difference.

About Me

I’m a produced TV writer, magazine, newspaper and national blog writer who got passionate about personal blogging after my 3 year run with Good Housekeeping and BabyCenter.

My biggest production yet has been my two children, Stink (13) and Pip (11).

Fear: When my son was diagnosed with Tourette syndrome in 2007, I was pretty ticked off. Thanks to the media and fear inducing internet articles, I was terrified he would curse, shriek, scream and curse obscenities in circle time.

Reality: Quite the opposite, he is highly creative, social and thriving.

Fantasy: His tics are gone and he’s currently a poster child for Gap!

Actuality: I keep his tics at a minimum through a gluten free/caesin free diet.

Nightmare: I used to live in a constant place of dread and panic.

Awakening: I don’t worry about tics at all anymore. I began living in the present and focusing on the amazing person Stink is, despite a few tics.

Insanity: I’d spend hours of misery pouring over the internet for quick fix cures.

Reality: I accepted that TS doesn’t have a cure, but my bad attitude could be transformed – one day at a time.

Transformation: Like childbirth, there was ton of groaning, cursing and gnashing of teeth. (A little anti-anxiety medication to ease the pain didn’t hurt me, either.)

Results: In calming myself down and keeping my eyes focused on faith, not fear, I was able to nurture a child who is loving, kind, and funny as hell – T.S. or not.

Purpose of This Blog

I aim to write the blog that wasn’t there for me when my son was diagnosed five years ago.

I will pack this sucker full of tips from nutrition, to diet, to OCD, ADHD, IEPs, supplements and more.

I will remind you daily that life is a journey. It’s your choice to play the best hand given the cards you were dealt.

I will remind you that while T.S. isn’t what you might have chosen, it can end up being the greatest present you or child ever opened, because it forces us to face that fact that NOTHING IS PERFECT.

NO CHILD IS PERFECT.

I’d rather have my confident son, with a few tics, then a “perfect” child who is an insecure twit.

Consider T.S. your invite to getting a grip on the realities of life: The good, the bad, and the less than pleasant. But also the pure joy. Because no minor (or major) shaking, tics, twitches or jerks can detract from a pure exuberance that shines from the inside out.

You are not alone.

Joy is possible.

Welcome to Happily Ticked Off.

* Daily blogs can be found on the sidebar on the right, or click on the “Home” tab above.

Facebook: Follow me on Facebook here!

Email: HappilyTickedOff@Gmail.com

Twitter: @Andrea Frazer

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15 responses »

  1. Love it ANdrea and way to go!!!!

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  2. 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.

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  3. 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 🙂

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  4. 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!

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  5. 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.

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  6. 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!

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  7. 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!

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    • 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!

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  8. 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

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  9. Debra Matovic

    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

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  10. Hi Andrea nice meeting you on the plane to Seattle. Hope you had a nice weekend! Row 22 was the best!

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  11. 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.

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  12. 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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