Ticked: A Medical Miracle, a Friendship, and the Weird World of Tourette Syndrome
Chicago Review Press, May 1, 2013 - Biography & Autobiography - 272 pages
When Jeff Matovic burst into the office of Dr. Robert Maciunas, he had very few options left. Matovic had suffered for years from Tourette Syndrome, his full-body spasms and outbursts getting progressively worse, to the point that he saw suicide as a viable option. Drugs, physical therapy, prayer—nothing was working. But Dr. Maciunas was a pioneer in deep brain stimulation (DBS), a new therapy that had worked to correct other brain disorders. Could it fix Matovic’s Tourette’s? All Matovic had to do was convince Dr. Maciunas that he was a perfect candidate for the procedure. That, and have several electrical leads—a “brain pacemaker”—implanted into his skull.
Author Jim Fussell is uniquely qualified to tell Matovic’s story—he suffers from Tourette Syndrome as well. Fussell’s job as a feature writer for the Kansas City Star brought him in contact with Oprah Winfrey, who first told him about Jeff Matovic, the “Miracle Man.” As Fussell learned about Matovic’s remarkable journey, he vowed to seek him out. This is their story.
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Review: Ticked: A Medical Miracle, a Friendship, and the Weird World of Tourette SyndromeUser Review - Susan - Goodreads
Learned so much about the Tourette Syndrome. Fascinating story of groundbreaking medical treatment and the science behind it. Written by a tourette sufferer about a tourette sufferer. Read full review
Review: Ticked: A Medical Miracle, a Friendship, and the Weird World of Tourette SyndromeUser Review - Bethany Zimp - Goodreads
This was a very informative read about Tourette's Syndrome. Even as a medical professional I felt there was a lot I wasn't aware of regarding this disease: the diverse symptoms, the associated pain ... Read full review
Foreword by Jeff Foxworthy
Authors Note by Jim Fussell
Authors Note by Jeff Matovic
1 Wheres My Miracle?
2 Second Chance
3 Umm Are You Taking My Clothes Off?
4 The Hand of Satan
5 The Tic Explosion
25 Get in Here and Take Care of Me
26 Nice Boots
27 Jeff Its Deb Where Are You?
28 How Much Do You Love Me?
29 A Little Beige on the Side
30 Debras Dilemma
31 Learn to Live with Your Pain
32 Take a Chance on Me
6 Dr Dream Crusher
7 Jumping Out of My Skin
8 My Search for Relief
9 Id Rather Have Cancer
10 I Know How to Kill My Tourettes
11 Butter and Salt on Your Neurons?
12 I Need You to Cover Oprah
13 Hope in the Mail
14 I Have a Bazillion Questions
15 What Are You Stupid Matovic?
16 Comfort from Katie
17 A Teenager with Tourettes
18 Come on Jesus Time to Spill Corn Flakes
19 Saved by Sports
20 God Bless You Jeff Foxworthy
21 John Carroll University
22 Deep Brain Stimulation
23 Cemetery Man
24 Luvox Klonopin and a Suit to Be Buried In
33 A Real Kick in the Pants
34 Testing Testing
35 QuarterMillionDollar Insurance Dance
36 The Story of Medtronic
37 Dr Robert J Maciunas
38 Keep Calm
39 Last Rites
40 Tic Tic Tic
41 The PreOp Comedy Hour
42 Turn Me On Tina
43 Welcome Back to Your Life
44 Telling the World
45 Oprah and Good Morning America
46 Shining Star
47 What Do You Mean I Won?
48 Revenge of the Weirdos