"I used to be ashamed of having Tourette and tried to hide my tics, especially in school. I would concentrate so hard on trying to suppress my tics that I couldn't focus on my schoolwork. Not only did this result in bad grades, but others thought I was a bad student who didn't try, when the opposite was true.
"Things only turned around when I got teachers who were trained in understanding Tourette. I no longer try to hide my tics and am thankful for all I have been through, even the bullying, because it made me the person I am today."
—Olivia Woodrich, 17, from Broken Arrow, Oklahoma