Ticked: A Medical Miracle, a Friendship, and the Weird World of Tourette Syndrome

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Chicago Review Press, May 1, 2013 - Biography & Autobiography - 272 pages
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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 Syndrome

User 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 Syndrome

User 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

Contents

Foreword by Jeff Foxworthy
ix
Authors Note by Jim Fussell
xiii
Authors Note by Jeff Matovic
xv
1 Wheres My Miracle?
xvii
2 Second Chance
xx
3 Umm Are You Taking My Clothes Off?
xxiii
4 The Hand of Satan
xxxi
5 The Tic Explosion
xl
25 Get in Here and Take Care of Me
140
26 Nice Boots
142
27 Jeff Its Deb Where Are You?
149
28 How Much Do You Love Me?
152
29 A Little Beige on the Side
155
30 Debras Dilemma
158
31 Learn to Live with Your Pain
162
32 Take a Chance on Me
165

6 Dr Dream Crusher
xlvi
7 Jumping Out of My Skin
xlviii
8 My Search for Relief
xlviii
9 Id Rather Have Cancer
xlviii
10 I Know How to Kill My Tourettes
xlviii
11 Butter and Salt on Your Neurons?
xlviii
12 I Need You to Cover Oprah
xlviii
13 Hope in the Mail
69
14 I Have a Bazillion Questions
76
15 What Are You Stupid Matovic?
85
16 Comfort from Katie
91
17 A Teenager with Tourettes
95
18 Come on Jesus Time to Spill Corn Flakes
103
19 Saved by Sports
110
20 God Bless You Jeff Foxworthy
117
21 John Carroll University
121
22 Deep Brain Stimulation
129
23 Cemetery Man
132
24 Luvox Klonopin and a Suit to Be Buried In
137
33 A Real Kick in the Pants
170
34 Testing Testing
174
35 QuarterMillionDollar Insurance Dance
178
36 The Story of Medtronic
180
37 Dr Robert J Maciunas
183
38 Keep Calm
188
39 Last Rites
190
40 Tic Tic Tic
192
41 The PreOp Comedy Hour
196
42 Turn Me On Tina
202
43 Welcome Back to Your Life
207
44 Telling the World
212
45 Oprah and Good Morning America
217
46 Shining Star
223
47 What Do You Mean I Won?
234
48 Revenge of the Weirdos
238
Epilogue
247
Acknowledgments
251
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About the author (2013)

James A. Fussell is a feature writer for the Kansas City Star who has struggled with Tourette’s from childhood.   Jeffrey P. Matovic is the first person to have his Tourette Syndrome controlled through deep brain stimulation.   Jeff Foxworthy is a comedian, an author, and a television performer.

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