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“U.S. star goalie Tim Howard puts name on Tourette syndrome ‘leadership academy'”



Tim Howard during USMNT practice session

Tim Howard during USMNT practice session (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


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This July 18, 2014 Philly region NewsWorks article talks about United States  Star Goalie Tim Howard who has Tourette Syndrome, but uses his fame as a goalie to help educate others about the disorder by allowing himself to be seen in front of 40,000 people playing soccer despite the tics he has as a result of having Tourette’s Syndrome.  He also helps with a foundation for helping kids who have been diagnosed with Tourette’s Syndrome to learn to shine despite their diagnosis.  He wants people to know that just because you have Tourette Syndrome, it doesn’t mean you won’t ever be able to drive or do the things others do.

*Side Note*

I would like to note that I do understand that Tourette Syndrome is not a Mental illness but is a neurological disorder.  I do however know that it is possible for someone with Tourette Syndrome to have a comorbid mental illness, and it is because of the idea that it is possible for someone with Tourette’s to also have a mental illness that I felt this article was a good one to share here.  My other line of thinking is that I found the piece to be a bit of an inspiration not because I have Tourette’s,, but because it offered a view of someone who overcame something that easily could have been used as a reason to give up.  I commend Tim Howard for his success and hope that others will view this as a way that one man used a sport he loved as a way to help him educate others and hopefully inspire others along the way.  I have known a couple of people who have Tourette’s Syndrome, and I know that for them it can be very frustrating for them when their tics are in overdrive.  Once I realized what was happening with regards to their tics, I was able to look beyond the tics and see a couple awesome people beyond the tics.  Which for me was a lesson in getting to know someone as a person and not focusing on their illness, deformity, or disability.  I don’t know what if any other diagnosis Tim Howard has, but I do know that he is on the right track with regards to helping others understand Tourette’s Syndrome a little better.



Maysoon Zayid: I got 99 problems… palsy is just one

Maysoon Zayid: I got 99 problems… palsy is just one #TED : http://on.ted.com/qbZC

“Local Motorcyclists, Firefighters Set to Honor Boy Who Saved Racquet Club Residents”

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This July 28, 2013 article found on the Levittown Now website talks about a boy who saw a need and stepped up to help.  I doubt the boy or his friends thought a lot about any reward they might get, as they knocked on doors to alert residence of the danger they were in, so I feel that this article is a great example of how helping because it’s the right thing to do can have some neat surprises as a result of the effort made.  I doubt this boy and his friends knew every person who they alerted to the fire, I also doubt that they had much on their mind other than trying to make sure people were safe.  I also doubt that the boy and his friends viewed themselves as heroes when they took the action they took.  They saw a need and stepped in and did what they could to help.

I tip my hat to this boy and his friends and hope that others can look at this and realize that helping others is the right thing to do, and that doing it because it feels good should be enough of a reward.  Helping because it puts a spotlight on you and lets you say “hey look at me I did this” or helping for the purpose of getting a tax break and not because you actually care isn’t as impressive to others as when someone helps because it’s the right thing to do without regard for what they will get for their efforts.  The kids in this article could have easily stood around and watched the flames grow, or continued on their way to wherever they were heading, but they realized people were in danger and by simply knocking on doors and alerting people, I’m willing to bet they may have saved at least a few lives that night.

It is my hope that others will look at this and realize that they too can make a difference in someone else’s life, and while it may not be as monumental as alerting people to a fire in their building, it could still make a huge difference in someone’s life.   I don’t have a lot in the way of resources, but for me, I find it to be fun to see what kinds of creative ways I can quietly help others.  I generally help  others when I can, because so many people over the years have helped me at various times in my life and asked for nothing in return, and when I find a way to do something for someone else, I feel like in some sense it is giving me a chance to honor those who helped me by paying it forward.


“Mental Illness: A Story of Struggle and Strength”

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While I found this story to be very inspiring,

I would like to note that it is possible it could be triggery for some,

the writer describes her struggle with self-injury and suicide.


  This April 22, 2013 article on the Cabrini College Loquitur website talks about one woman’s struggle with mental illness, she describes what things were like for her as a teen, but then also goes on to explain that she can’t imagine going through life differently then she has.


“Bullies Called Him Pork Chop. He Took That Pain With Him And Then Cooked It Into This.”

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This video is undated but is found on the Upworthy website, and talks about the effect bullying has on people, and what can happen over time as a result of the bullying … long-term effects as seen from the perspective of the person who is the target of the bullying.

“Top rookie with anxiety issue joins Rockets’ camp”


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This October 8, 2012 article on the Cumberland Sentinel website talks about Rookie basketball player Royce White and how he’s trying to manage his anxiety and the travel demands of playing basketball for the Rockets.

“What we should fear after Aurora”

Aurora Borealis, the colored lights seen in th...

Aurora Borealis, the colored lights seen in the skies around the North Pole, the Northern Lights, from Bear Lake, Alaska (Photo credit: Beverly & Pack)

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This July 31, 2012 article found on Philly.com’s website, offers a sense of understanding while pointing out that violence exists in our world, while explaining some of the thinking that crosses our minds as we try to heal and move past incidents like Aurora.

I had previously posted a rather rambling post filled with my own frustrations, which I believe may have resonated with some, but ruffled feathers of others.  I still don’t believe that what happened in Aurora was right on any level, but I have come to the realization through other things in my life, that the question of “Why?” is one that there is sometimes not an answer to. Like many others I have wanted to blame this or that or some other thing for what happened, but in the end the only one responsible is the guy who pulled the trigger.  We may not know why he did it, or even be able to understand his reasoning if we do learn what his motive was.  This isn’t to say that what he did was right, just that it wasn’t anyone other than the shooter who choose to cause chaos at a seemingly safe place.  My anger and frustration about the situation does nothing to correct any problems that may have allowed him to make his choice, but if I focus on what can be done to help others heal, and maybe prevent a similar situation from occurring.  I don’t know what the answer is, just that it is going to take each and every one of us, myself include, working together and putting our own agenda’s aside and taking a hard look at the effect that anger and hatred has on this sort of incident when used in an accusing way.  Take a moment to ask yourself what you can do to have a positive impact on someone else instead of perpetuating the fury that the shooter in Aurora displayed as he and he alone chose a path of destruction.  My heart goes out to those who were in the theater, as well as the friends and families of them.  Let’s focus on healing, and overcoming instead of pointing fingers and placing blame.

“Dr. Mark Salerno Is Living Proof That It’s Possible to Overcome Mental Illness”


Rethink Mental Illness

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This article found on the Phoenix News website on December 22, 2011, isn’t specific to Pennsylvania, but it is a story of recovery from mental illness by Dr. Mark Salerno, and some events of his story did take place in Pennsylvania, so there is a slight connection to here, but I mostly felt it was a really good article conveying hope, and offering encouragement.  Recovery doesn’t have an ending, but is a continuous journey this man’s journey is one that demonstrates that mental illness knows no boundaries when it comes to education or profession, but also demonstrates it is possible to reach beyond the struggles and be more than a diagnosis.

“Braddock church to continue cantaloupe tradition”

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This article found on the TribLive website posted on Saturday, August 20, 2011, is one that I thought was neat, because it showed how something as simple as a cantaloupe can brighten someone’s day.

I did … did you?

I got out and voted today, just returned actually, and while yes walking 4 blocks one way is a bit of a turn off for me, but I still did it, I voted.  If you haven’t voted and are registered, I would strongly encourage you to get out and vote.  I don’t care who you vote for, that is your choice, but I feel that not voting is pretty much saying that you could care less about what happens to you, your community, state or even nation.  You are in escense saying that you want others to think for you and decide what is best for you and that you will submit to their choices.

Even if the candidate I voted for doesn’t win, I feel that by voting I at least made my choices known and have said this person stands for what I believe.  I also know that I may only be a single voter, but when my vote is puyt next to your vote and the thousands of other votes, we become a mighty voice and our choices are heard.  I would rather vote and say I made a choice, rather then submit to the ideals of others without making my own statement.

If you haven’t voted and are registered, please get out there and vote.  I don’t know what time polls close in other places, but in my area they close at 8pm, so chances are you still have time to get there and make statement about what you want to see happening in the world around you.

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