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Esquire Magazine Interview with Eric Heath
"What it Feels Like to Have Tourette's Syndrome"

Part of a larger article titled, "What it Feels Like" August 2002, Volume 138 No. 2,  Page 83

The magazine cover (featuring Hilary Swank) pitched the article inside as,
 "What It Feels Like. . .15 AMAZING TALES OF: Orgies, Gunshots, Exorcisms,
Shark Attacks, Sword-Swallowing, Avalanches, Dwarfs, Giants, And More!

What it feels like to have Tourette's Syndrome

Monkey! Toast! Butter! Boing!
What It Feels Like to Have Tourette's Syndrome
[By Eric Heath, 42, marionette maker]

"Having Tourette's is kind of like having a lightning storm going on inside your body.  All of a sudden you'll just shout out a word.  Or your whole body will whip to the side violently.  You never know when it's going to strike. . ."

". . .I've studied opera, so it's hard to go into stealth mode, especially when a huge operatic "boing!" is coming out of my mouth.  There are time you get depressed and don't want to go out in public.  But a lot of times people react to it wonderfully.  When I shout, "Monkey!" they'll shout it back.  It's as if they're saying, "Wow! I don't know why you just shouted 'Monkey!' but it made me feel good."
- AS TOLD TO CAL FUSSMAN

You can read the entire interview (as well as 50+ other tales) in a book
edited by A.J. Jacobs and published by Three Rivers Press
titled Esquire Presents WHAT IT FEELS LIKE To Walk on the Moon, To Be Gored by a Bull, To Survive an Avalanche. . .
the book is available through Amazon.com

A link to Esquire Magazine

Please visit Eric's  "About Tourette's Syndrome" page

 

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