Jessica Thom was diagnosed with Tourette’s Syndrome in 2006 and is now just one of the 300,000 individuals in the UK who is affected by uncontrollable tics.
Jessica belongs to the 10 per cent of Tourette’s sufferers who involuntarily use’s offensive language. Her tics also frequently include the word ‘biscuit’ and can also involve a complex combination of phrases and sounds.
The syndrome now means that Jessica has to consider many things that most people take for granted. For example her unpredictable and involuntary movements mean that she is unable to use knives, she avoids carrying delicate objects, she wears gloves to stop her biting herself, lids have to be placed on cups to avoid spillages, cinema trips are difficult and she tends to limit the places she goes to where she has been before and people know her.