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Woman With Tourette Syndrome Wants Us To Laugh About Her Condition (But With Good Reason)

23/12/2015 12:16 GMT | Updated 23/12/2015 12:59 GMT

A woman with Tourette syndrome is encouraging people to talk openly about disability and difference... and even laugh at it.

Jess Thom has had 'tics' since she was a child, which are involuntary noises and movements, but was only diagnosed with Tourette syndrome in her twenties.

Now, she says "biscuit" a lot and sometimes "cat", but she insists that it's OK to see the funny side, as long as people are open-minded and embrace those with disability.

According the the NHS website, Tourette syndrome is a neurological condition (affecting the brain and nervous system).

It usually starts during childhood and continues into adulthood. In many cases Tourette syndrome runs in families and is often associated with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

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