Interviews are Coming!

I have scheduled to interview both Michelle and Joey this Friday the 24th. I also have my prepared interview questions in the Interviews tab in the menu bar. I’ve talked with them both a lot, and they definitely have a lot to say about the subject!

Proposal Script

Tourette Syndrome isn’t normally portrayed in everyday media, and when it is, it is not normally in a good light. There may be some words running through your heard when you hear the word tourette’s. For Joey and Michelle Nath, it’s family. Michelle is Joey’s mother as well as a mother to two other sons whom also have tourette syndrome. It wasn’t easy in the beginning when Joey was diagnosed, as Michelle did not know enough about the neurological disorder, and Joey was having a rather difficult time with teachers for the same reason. His tics were, and still are, minor motor tics, which are involuntary movements of different muscles in the body. It is not very common to see and may be difficult to understand. A family dealing with tourette syndrome has it’s own challenges, but it isn’t so different.

Knowledge is Key

Tonight I had a very insightful conversation with Joey’s mother, Michelle. All of her sons have tourette syndrome and she had to make herself extremely informed about the disorder and how to deal with it.

It was hard for her in the beginning because she didn’t understand it well. She told me that every day was a challenge when her oldest sons, Danny and Joey, were young. Even now with her youngest son. And its especially hard because “they are all so different in their mannerisms in the way they have it.”  Their mannerisms can also change daily. In the same way no person is exactly alike, nobody with tourette’s is alike either.

She told me “it was hard when I was younger”. But now she’s extremely well informed and understanding and supports her sons the best she can.

Joey’s Family

Joey’s family consists of his mother, father, two brothers, and his sister. Him and both of his brothers have been diagnosed with tourette syndrome, and each have different symptoms and different degrees of symptoms. His mother and grandmother also experienced tourette symptoms, but were never professionally diagnosed.

From left to right: Joey, Michelle (his mom), Tommy, Katie (siblings).

From left to right: Joey, Michelle (his mom), Tommy, Katie (siblings).