Very proud of our TS awareness efforts here in Europe!
It’s been awhile since I wrote something on this blog. I’ve been very busy with finals (my summer vacation started June 28), and of course June 7 ws European Tourette Syndrome Awareness Day. That was almost a month ago, but I really want to take you back and tell you what we did on that day, because I’m very proud of what we were able to accomplish in such a short amount of time.
We had a chat session on Twitter and Facebook, and the date and Tourette itself was mentioned on a lot of websites — both sites about health issues and other websites. Some, of course, on a very “cursing” kind of way, but at least they mentioned the right links with the right information, so I was very happy about that anyway.
But the thing I am the most proud of is that we were able to be on public (national) radio, both in Belgium and in the Netherlands at the same time! How it works here is that there are a couple of public radio stations — called Radio 1, Radio 2 and so on — with Radio 1 being the most important. And I was at Radio 1 in the Netherlands at the same time as Marie was on Radio 1 in Belgium! So that was very exciting and a lot of people ended up switching radio stations all the time, not to miss anything.
I really felt like we were taken seriously and we were important enough to be on the most important radio stations in both the Netherlands and Belgium. During the day I was constantly bouncing around because I was so happy with my radio interview (which was at 8:15 in the morning!) and I was playing “helpdesk” for the people who were on the chat (it was an 8-hour chat with 8 different people). Plus, if you combine me with a bit of enthusiasm you get a bouncing me!
At night, I ended up going to some friends to BBQ because my adrenaline was just way to high as I was very tired as well (had been ill and couldn’t sleep the night before) and others took over my “helpdesk” task. And I ended the day with, of course, looking back at it with the people who planned the whole thing with me.
I can go on and on about this (I was actually planning to write a blog about something else, so this is an extra bonus blog ;-)), but you’ve probably seen a lot of it, as Teens4TS was kind enough to share a lot of our activities on Facebook and Twitter!
Did I say this already? I’m VERY proud of us, no really, VERY proud!
Oh, and the photo above is an awareness pic I made. I made a lot of them in Dutch (I translated a lot of great things I saw online), but this one I also made in English.