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Life's A Twitch! Celebrating 15 years.
1998 - 2013
Life's A Twitch! Celebrating 15 years.

 

Gift Of Tourette
(SUNG TO THE TUNE OF "UNANSWERED PRAYERS")

original lyrics performed by Garth Brooks

Just some of the gifts Tourette has given me, at the TSFC Conference 2000 in St. John's, Newfoundland (from left, Duncan McKinlay, Francois Parent, Marie Brien, Steve Radke).


7ís when we met, at 19 I learned its name.
The doctor called it Tourette, said others had the same.
And on the bus ride back home, I cried and cursed my life,
I wondered how Iíd earned this, alone and in such strife.

I wanted it gone, asked the doctor for a pill,
But no matter what I tried, this thing stayed with me still.
I begged to God for mercy, Iíd do anything heíd say
as long as he would make this go away.

 

But now I thank God for not answering that prayer.
For borne of all that pain was a whole lot of gain.
Even though he didnít answer,
it didnít mean he didnít care.
God's greatest gift to me was leaving Tourette right there.

 

I learned to understand it, and made it my new friend.
It wasnít the beast Iíd first thought --
it had strengths to send.
It taught me how to make the most of
what you have and who you are.
And armed with that frame of mind youíll go so far.

And as I stand here now, with you my family Iíve met
For my success I thank the Good Lord
For the gift of Tourette.

 

So now I thank God for not answering that prayer.
For borne of all that pain was a whole lot of gain.
Even though he may not answer,
it doesnít mean he donít care.
God's greatest gift to me was leaving Tourette
Godís greatest gift to me was just leaving Tourette
Godís greatest gift to me
Was leaving Tourette right there.

 

©2000, B. Duncan McKinlay

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