1/29/2010--Bainbridge Island, WA, USA..Bernadette Witty, mother of 3, with her son Andrew, 7 (right) and daughter, Lauren (left) 10, was diagnosed with Tourettes at a late stage when she was 32 years old. She is happily married with 3 kids, who are home schooled, and is originally from Australia. She lives with her husband, Larry Witty, 443, on Bainbridge Island, near Seattle...Children: Thomas, 4, Andrew, 7 and Lauren 10...Tourette's was once considered a rare and bizarre syndrome, most often associated with the exclamation of obscene words or socially inappropriate and derogatory remarks (coprolalia). However, this symptom is present in only a small minority of people with Tourette's. Tourette's is no longer considered a rare condition, but it may not always be correctly identified because most cases are classified as mild. Between 1 and 10 children per 1,000 have Tourette's; as many as 10 per 1,000 people may have tic disorders,with the more common tics of eye blinking, coughing, throat clearing, sniffing, and facial movements. People with Tourette's have normal life expectancy and intelligence. The severity of the tics decreases for most children as they pass through adolescence, and extreme Tourette's in adulthood is a rarity. Notable individuals with Tourette's are found in all walks of life..©2010 Stuart Isett. All rights reserved.