Emily makes faces at school. She also blinks her eyes. This is because she has Tourette Syndrome. Another student begins to bully Emily because her differences. How will Emily stop the bully?
Emily Fleischman was diagnosed with Tourette Syndrome (TS) and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) when she was 6 years old. As she got older, she learned to control her "ticks" because she was embarrassed and afraid someone would make fun of her. Emily would hold her ticks in all day long until she got home to a safe haven. When she arrived home, she was exhausted and moody from a tiring "tick free" day.Emily is now 16 years old and a junior at River Dell High School and has control over her TS and OCD. But that does not mean that she has forgotten how it felt when her ticks attacked.Emily is now on a mission to spread awareness of Tourette Syndrome and, in the process, prevent bullying. In April of 2010, she became a Youth Ambassador for the Tourette Syndrome Association.Emily speaks with teachers and school aged children in all venues in an effort to educate about TS and discourage bullying.