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Ticked: A Medical Miracle, a Friendship, and the Weird World of Tourette Syndrome Hardcover – May 1, 2013
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“An extraordinary and inspiring account of personal courage in the face of unimaginable adversity. Emotional shock waves live on every page of this book” —Hal Friedman, coauthor with James Patterson of Against Medical Advice: One Family’s Struggle with an Agonizing Medical Mystery
“Ticked is inspirational, well-written, and surprisingly witty.” —Lowell Handler, author of Twitch and Shout: A Touretter’s Tale
“The people who make a difference in our world are the ones with courage. This is a wonderful story of the daily courage of two men with Tourette Syndrome. Ticked is vivid, wrenching, funny, and, most of all, inspiring. I trust it will notch up the courage in everyone who reads it.” — John Rosenow, founder and CEO of the Arbor Day Foundation
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That this is reality makes the book, in my opinion, all the more astounding. Any work of fiction, no matter how inspirational or morally instructive, has the downside of being just that--fiction. One can read of Harry or Romeo or Jean Valjean (or countless other fictional heroes), and though all those characters dealt with huge difficulties, their struggles can be discounted as fiction, not to be taken too seriously; perhaps not worthy of inspiring such strength in the reader. Jim and Jeff, on the other hand, are the living, breathing real thing, because their struggles actually happened. The story they tell and the lesson to be gained from their book cannot be dismissed as just fiction, as a mere moral tale concocted to make a point (or worse, to make a buck). Their story--their setbacks and triumphs, the profane and profound means of dealing with their fate--beats the best fiction for giving inspiration and hope. I'm glad I read it and I recommend it to anyone looking for a true story of triumph over hardship; one that reminded me, at least, how easy it is to forget one's many blessings.
Tourette's is not a sexy thing, no ribbon, no "month", no cool media really, no big name movie star as the spokesperson, mostly just ignored although there are estimates it affects up to 5 million folks...and once you know you can see it...Joel Osteen's blinking, Dan Akroyd has it, NFL players even, athletes, actors, doctors, etc...and yet it goes largely unnoticed by the public.
This book hopefully will help push it to the social media conscience where it belongs, to be ignored so long is a tragedy. Thanks Jim so much for telling this story, you are an inspiration and a leader and I can only hope this book jumps to #1 on the best seller list.
I have only this advice: Read this book
When Jeff Matovic appeared on Oprah's show with his inspiring story, she not only praised him as a "Miracle Man" (and indeed he is), she said that when he wrote his story that she would like to feature his book in her book club. Is there a way to let her know that his book "Ticked" with Jim Fussell is that book? It would be great to feature him/them on "Where Are They Now?" It would be great to somehow reach through Twitter and Facebook -- I don't have accounts -- and see this happen. This is a book for everyone!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great book that helps me understand more about what others with tourettes are going through.Published 4 months ago by beckyThomas
Two extraordinary memoirs that inspire the reader to believe in the immeasurable strength of the human spirit. Both heartwarming and gut wrenching at every turn.Published 5 months ago by Williams
I loved 'Ticked' from the first word and could hardly put it down until I finished reading the last. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Lucinda White
Excellent book of hope, triumph, love and friendship. This is a book that will make you rejoice ( and laugh out loud) and also cry - both tears of sympathy and joy. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Jeanette M Caldeira
If it was possible to give 10 stars I would do so.
I was lent this book via Amazon and beg other readers to share this book with their friends. It is an inspiration.
An excellent story of courage and healing. Jim made me feel like I was there with him hearing him tell the story. Excellent read.Published 14 months ago by KB
Ultimately a story of hope and inspiration - bit of a slow start but really becomes so interesting and debunks many of the commonly held myths about Tourette's syndrome. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Vibeke
Thank you for your courage in sharing your stories. Our son is currently waiting for insurance approval for DBS for TS .Published 22 months ago by Pam Brey