Ticked by James A. Fussell
A Medical Miracle, a Friendship, and the Weird World of Tourette Syndrome

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A graphic but inspiring depiction of the ravages of the disease, their bravery and the sustaining love of their families.
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An inspirational tale of personal struggle with and triumph over Tourette syndrome, this is the story of Jeff Matovic and the radical treatment he sought to cure himself. After suffering from Tourette’s for years—with his tics and outbursts getting progressively worse and with no results coming from drugs or physical or spiritual therapy—Jeff was able to convince his doctors and his insurance company to try a risky deep brain stimulation treatment, a surgery that involves the implantation of a pacemaker for the brain into his skull. Penned by a journalist who is also afflicted with Tourette’s, this is the incredible story of a friendship that blossomed under their common experiences with this bizarre brain disorder. A complete discussion of the latest medical research of and treatments for Tourette’s, written in accessible and easy-to-understand terminology, is also included.

 

About James A. Fussell

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James A. Fussell is a feature writer for the Kansas City Star who has struggled with Tourette's from childhood. Jeffrey P. Matovic is the first person to have his Tourette Syndrome controlled through deep brain stimulation. Jeff Foxworthy is a comedian, an author, and a television performer.
 
Published May 1, 2013 by Chicago Review Press. 276 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Health, Fitness & Dieting. Non-fiction
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A graphic but inspiring depiction of the ravages of the disease, their bravery and the sustaining love of their families.

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