Help Hannah feel normal
Hannah Allen can feel normal for four days with your help.
At Camp Twitch having tourette’s will not only be normal but people will be encouraged not to suppress their tics.
The camp will be held in Rotorua from October 4 to 7 by Tourette’s Association New Zealand.
Hannah is the only person in Matamata registered with having the disorder.
She hasn’t meet the ten other sufferers in the Waikato, or anyone who has it, since being diagnosed in January of this year.
Her mum Melissa said Hannah probably had it since she was seven or eight.
Contrary to most people’s perception it doesn’t cause her to swear.
That is everyone’s perception that they will be swearing but only ten per cent of all sufferers have that and she doesn’t have that,’’ her mum Melissa said.
She said they were lucky that she only has a mild form of it.
Her tics include opening her mouth, grunting, bouncing off the walls and stuttering when she is over excited.
Melissa took her to a doctor after noticing those tics and having a few comments from other parents.
‘‘She plays hockey and when she is opening her mouth all the time her mouth guard falls out. She manages her tics better now.’’
Although the tics make Hannah feel selfconscious, both her and her mum say her Matamata Intermediate teachers are supportive.
The 11-year-old’s friends are also really good about it.
Because the Allen family don’t simply want to ask for money, Hannah will be selling her handmade bookmarks at the Matamata markets.
The next market, which will be held at Matamata Primary, will be on June 11.
The Tourette’s Association is also fundraising through a givealittle page, givealittle.co.nz/ donate/cause/camptwitch2016, to make the camp costs a low as possible for the 46 families that have registered for the event so far.
At the 2014 camp, which happened before Hannah’s diagnosis, 97 people attended and meet other people with Tourette’s for the first time.
The Tourette’s Association said the eventwas an opportunity that those with Tourette’s craved.
Garth McVicar from the Sensible Sentencing Trust will be speaking at the Matamata RSA on June 15.
Hannah Allen, who has tourette’s, will be selling her handmade bookmarks at the Matamata markets to fund her trip to Camp Twitch.