Imagine being the person that people point and laugh at. Imagine being the person that people might be afraid of because there’s something about you that makes you a bit different.
Perhaps you’ve seen someone with Tourette’s Syndrome at the shops? Did you think they were an abusive drunk?
You might have seen the swearing stereotype in a movie. That’s called ‘coprolalia‘.
Englishman Guy Francis is one of those fascinating stories that I stumbled upon on the internet. He has his own YouTube channel in which he sings karaoke, shares parts of his daily life (like getting the kids ready for school and out the door) and answers questions from people who want to know more about Tourette’s Syndrome.
Except for his Tourette’s, Guy’s just your ordinary guy, “I’m married and have three kids. I read Tarot cards, do astrology, love fringe science, write poems/ditties/short songs, smoke, drink, etc. I enjoy reading. Oh, yes, I have Tourette’s Syndrome. The full-blown kind. You know, swearing and aggressive jerking and all that.”
Guy is honest, frank, funny and sometimes upsetting as in this video where he shares with us what a bad day is like and he loses the ability to communicate.
Tourette’s is characterised by multiple physical tics and at least one vocal tic. Some of the more common tics are eye blinking, coughing, throat clearing, sniffing, and facial movements. The severity and frequency of tics occurs differently in each individual.
I’m grateful to Guy for chatting to an Aussie stranger who pegged him for a yarn on her radio show.
Please note – this interview is full of various swears. They are necessary to this story, but if you’re a delicate little flower – fuck off.