Last year at my station, I talked about something very personal. I have Tourette Syndrome. Tourette’s is a neurological disorder. It’s characterized by involuntary movements or vocalizations called tics.
This is not something I’m ashamed of or something I try to hide, it’s just not something I lead with. But after a coworker of mine, Sam Martin, found out about my diagnosis, she encouraged me to do a story about it. I was hesitant at first because as a reporter, I’m not supposed to be involved in a story. It’s not about me- I am simply a bystander who observes and then reports. But this time, Sam convinced me this should be an exception. I’m glad she did.
After the story aired, a pretty awesome thing happened. I found a new friend named Conor.
Conor’s mother saw my story and sent me an email asking for advice, because her son also has TS. I responded and we chatted, then I told her Conor should stop by the station one time so we could talk.
Conor and I immediately clicked. He’s such an incredible kid, and if you watch the story you’ll see it, too.
Here’s the story about how we became friends, and how he inspired me. I hope he inspires you, too.