An inspiring story of how a Mormon kid with Tourette’s found salvation in books and weight-lifting Josh Hanagarne couldn’t be invisible if he tried. Although he wouldn’t officially be diagnosed with Tourette Syndrome until his freshman year of high school, Josh was six years old and... read more
Josh Hanagarne began going to libraries before he was born. He and his mom frequented libraries when he was young. Charlotte's Web was a turning point book for him. At a young age, Josh began exhibiting tics. Josh's father actually stumbled upon what was wrong with his son years before the... read more (warning: may contain spoilers)
Josh Hanagarne began going to libraries before he was born. He and his mom frequented libraries when he was young. Charlotte's Web was a turning point book for him. At a young age, Josh began exhibiting tics. Josh's father actually stumbled upon what was wrong with his son years before the family had it officially diagnosed. At first the tics were disturbing but mild. Josh was able to function most of the time. As he got older, the tics grew worse. He tried several things to harness the tics--playing guitar, getting absorbed in something like a book or a project.
Josh met a girl he thought he would marry, but she wanted him to go on a Mission before they considered life together. Mission is expected of all Mormon men. Josh went through training and part of his Mission work in Washington, DC before his tics grew so bad that he had to ask for a medical release (which was granted). Josh returned home to seek treatment for the severe tics, and the girl decided she didn't want a life with him after all.
Josh drifted in and out of college, starting and sometimes having to take a medical exception and drop the classes. His mom introduced him to Janette and they clicked. He met her family. They married and tried to start a family. Janette miscarried twice. They tried to adopt through the LDS church, but were turned down. Janette eventually became pregnant and had Max.
Josh finished college and took library science classes. Along the way, he worked at various jobs including helping at a Special Needs school and working menial jobs in a library. He also tried different things to help control his tics. Sometimes things such as weight training would help for a while and then suddenly not. Josh got into kettlebell training and met Adam through an online forum for that. When Josh went to train with Adam, Adam provided a totally different way of thinking about things and asked Josh questions Josh hadn't yet considered. This led to Josh realizing that breathing and rigidity were a key points to controlling his tics. This worked until Josh started thinking that Max might have Tourette's. A conversation with his dad led Josh to consider throwing events. The eventual theory was that at a certain point, weight lifting created rigidity in his muscles. Throwing weights was a different motion that released some of that rigidity. He entered a Highland Games competition.
Josh also begins questioning his Mormon faith. He isn't sure if he believes or not--but he's not getting as much out of it as he once did.
“I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.”Luis Borges
“I cannot live without books.”Thomas Jefferson
“The only way to do all the things you'd like is to read.”Tom Clancy
“...a good library's existence is a potential step forward for a community. If hate and fear have ignorance at their core, maybe the library can curb their effects, if only by offering ideas and neutrality. It's a safe place to explore, to meet with other minds, to touch other centuries, religions, races, and learn what you truly think about the world. // One of the profession's buzzwords is "relevant." Libraries must stay "relevant." I disagree. There's nothing relevant about this place. It's so much more. A community that doesn't think it needs a library isn't a community for whom a library is irrelevant. It's a community that's *ill.* It doesn't know what it needs.”
“"Josh, life is easier when you don't care if people look at you weird. I believe that, even though I can't make it feel real. This sucks."”Commentator with Tourette's on author's blog.
011.62 Children--Books and Reading
302 Friendship in Children
813 King, Stephen, 1947-Criticism and Interpretation
616.89075 Diagnosis, Different
305.31 Lust Religious Aspects Christianity
123 Free Will and Determinism
289.3 Mormons Missions
193 Knowledge, Theory of
808.5 Voice--Social Aspects
646.726 Botulism Toxin--Therapeutic Use
591.473 Mimicry (Biology)
153.6 Truthfulness and Falsehood
616.692 Infertility--Popular Works
021.65 Library Science
306.874 Fathers and Sons
291.13 Greek Mythology
027.8 Libraries and Education
92 Strong Men--United States--Biography
828 George Orwell
306 Peace--Psychological Aspects
121 Belief and Doubt
155.432 Mothers and Sons
616.042 Abnormalities, Human
165 Fallacies, Logic
305.891 Highland Games--Social Aspects
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