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LET'S PARTY! Marcia Zuker of the TSFC Ottawa Chapter leads a limbo line at the 1997 TSFC conference in Waterloo, ON. Attend the next conference, and you too could have this kind of fun!!!

"...Thank you for your fine, intelligent, insightful letter -- I was delighted to get it."
- Oliver Sacks, M.D.

"...What a call God has placed on your life! So beautiful to see you moving in it wholeheartedly. God's anointing is on you as you are speaking for those who don't have a voice, as you are living fully! Because you have chosen life, all our lives are richer & blessed! Thank you!"

"I stumbled on to your web site last night. I have just recently, vary recently learned there was a name for my tics and things....I first leaned about TS and a page for parent of the disabled. So my fist introduction to all this was not vary positive. I wanted to thank you for putting up that site and not only tell kids like me (Well I am not quite a kid, I?m 19) that we are OK, but also giving some advice to deal with it. thanks for showing more of the pros and not overstating the cons of TS. When I found you site I got so happy and exited to see TS in such a positive light and with a bit of humor. I sat there a bit and just cried and ticed from joy. Thank you for making the next steps on this journey a little less scary. Happy now, R."

"Feedback we received from your presentation was the best we have ever heard....It was more than doubled the audience we have ever had .... in the past....I am looking forward to the day when I can say "I knew him when..".

"...You're an amazing individual that has come so far with dealing with your own Tourettes.  You are someone that children with Tourettes can look up to....You're also a great role model for all of us."

"...On rare occasions we encounter someone who gives us a different perspective and a deeper understanding of life. You have done that for me. Thank you for sharing yourself with us....You made me laugh. You made me cry. You touched my heart."

"...I can only thank you from the bottom of my heart for sharing yourself....Because of you, I've learned to be more positive in reaching my goals as a psychologist, accomplished artist, and writer. In the meantime, I'm learning to appreciate who I really am (as opposed to hiding behind a mask), and not despite of what comes along with the real me as a person, but in spite of the qualities that make me, as you, and all of the other special people in the world, positively unique!"

"...Your positive, enthusiastic way of explaining [Tourette] to us will, I'm sure, have an affect on many. You spoke well to the kids and certainly explained things in a manner that they could understand..."

"...The in-service was most informative and I KNOW it has already made a positive impact on [this boy's] teachers....I felt that you were a dynamic and energetic speaker with a great deal of empathy and credibility."

"...You really do light up our lives!  Your spirit of generousity is very moving.  Many Thanks from us all."

"...I know my staff and I are so much wiser today because you shared your knowledge with us."

"...Duncan, I just discovered your 'writing' page had a second part today. You are a brilliant writer. Some of it even borders on sheer poetry :-).... You subjectively cover so many aspects of TS well ... I now know if I ever need to explain to someone what it has felt like dealing with Tics, TS, or OCD, or whatever one wants to label....I can show them one of your articles."

"...we would like to thank you for speaking at our meeting.  It was a very successful evening and you gave everyone there alot to take home..."

"...Thanks for showing us the 'upside' of things..."

"...Thank you so much for being the person you are."

"...if I hadn't gone to the conference I would have never heard you talk and would not have known how to handle the situation with my son in the sensitive, unashamed manner that I was able to. So I guess I am saying Thank-you for just being you."

"...Your thoughts on education and work were excellent and very much valued by my husband and myself. I don't think you have any idea of how important what you are doing and the thoughts and feelings that you are sharing are to we who watch and wonder if we're travelling the right path or at least one that can make a difference for our son.  Again, Duncan, we are in your debt..."

"...Your fierce determination, countless hours of work and tremendous sense of caring unites our Foundation, creating a force that spreads knowledge and hope to those families and individuals living with Tourette Syndrome."

"...You truly are an inspiration."

"...thank you for being you....We are really blessed to have you and to know you..."

"...The best knowledge comes from those individuals, like yourself, who have real, daily experiences..."

"The culmination of all your efforts will impact our communities for many years to come..."

I thank these, and all of the people who have supported me from the bottom of my heart.  Words cannot articulate the gratitude that I experience with the arrival of each letter. I hope you all know the amount of strength that you have so graciously given me.  You are all truly extraordinary, and I am lucky to have met each of you.

Dr. Dunc.


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