I just stumbled upon this board today, and decided to join. Especially because joining here might finally give me a chance to meet somebody else with Tourettes in person.
I will be 52 years old in a couple of days, and have only known about the existence of Tourette Syndrome and Asperger Syndrome for a year and a half.
In November of 2003 I happened to read the life's story of Dr. Duncan McKinlay in Reader's Digest. And the farther I read, the more I could find myself in that story! I went immediately and started doing research on TS, and knew without a doubt that I had it.
I had been hiding my 'bad habits' all my life. I remember very clearly my mother admonishing me constantly (from about the age of 7), to "stop that awful eye blinking, what a terrible nervous habit!" Well, I had many 'nervous habits' over the years, and I couldn't stop. I was beating myself up over them, agreeing with people that I had no 'willpower', because otherwise I should be able to stop. Even one of my kids used to mock me, imitating my tics. My son would yell at me for repeating things he said. And my husband would get mad at me for repeating things I said several times.
Anyway, three months after finding out about Tourettes and doing all that research, I decided to go one step further. For years I had thought I had autistic tendencies, but dismissed that thought, because I had never heard of high functioning autism/Aspergers before, and thought all people with autism were mentally handicapped. But I read that autism and TS can go together.
So, I finally put 'autism' and 'Tourette Syndrome' together into the Google search engine, and up came Asperger Syndrome! And it fit me completely. Finally the puzzle of my strange life had been solved. So, at the age of 51, I was finally officially diagnosed with TS at the Tourette Clinic in Toronto, and a month later I was diagnosed with AS by a social worker specializing in AS in adults.
I also have ADD and OCD, but not enough to be diagnosed with those separately (according to the doctor at the Tourette Clinic), as well as dyscalculia and many sensory integration issues. Plus, I have fibromyalgia. I am not on any meds for anything but the fibromyalgia. I figured that I've lived for 51 years with the tics without medication, I don't need any now!
So, there you have it, in a nutshell.
I have been married for 26 years to a Canadian (which is not great, because my autistic tendencies are getting worse with age, and I'd rather be alone). We have five children, four daughters aged 25, 23, 19 and 13, and one son, 22. The three oldest are married, and the oldest has four children.
None of my kids have either TS or AS, even though one has a couple of tics, and two of them have some AS traits.
German citizen, married to a Canadian for 28 years, four daughters, one son, eight grandchildren (and one on the way).