Sunday, August 22, 2010

Taking a Stand

Some of you may know this, while others of you may not know, but I have an older brother who has tourette syndrome. Now for those of you who do not know what this is let me explain a little. He was born with it and he makes noises, sometimes loud and high pitched, but they are not usually the most noticeable thing. The other action that occurs with this is that he shakes, this occurs more often. This movement is almost a... " juke." Now, being his sister I have always know Kyle this way and have always loved him for it just the way he is. The problem sometimes has been that others do not always consider it to be as normal, so they stare and sometimes give him rude looks. Kyle is a rather chill dude, so he is never offended. Well just recently a situation occurred...

He and his sweet girlfriend decided to go see a movie at the Warren Theatre in Wichita. A problem arose when someone decided that he was a distraction and Kyle was soon asked to leave. Now, Kyle is a lover not a fighter, so of course he left and avoided confrontation. Now, I agree that is always the best decision because you never know what people are capable of and it would have been scary if it would have resolved in physical violence, but praise the good Lord all is well. The neat thing about this whole outcome is that the Wichita news interviewed Kyle and let the people of his local community know about this situation. I think it was great and he did a great job. Now, there is a comment wall taking place online about the whole occurrence and what frustrates me is that people are treating him as though he is so disabled that he should not consider to partake in such events within society. I do not agree that Kyle has a disability, I look at as a characteristic to Kyle that makes him that much more unique in his own skin. We all have weird quarks about us and Tourette's is Kyles. the Lord has blessed him to be an example to others, maybe with the situation. I think people need to understand what the word disability really means, not just make a word to fit your personal needs. Overall I am so proud of my brother and greatly admire the patient and strength he had to have over the years with this corky characteristic that just makes him that much more his own person, created divinely by our Lord and Savior.

1 comment:

  1. Coming from where I'm at with my health stuff, this really encourages me. I hope that others can see the same patience and strength from Jesus in me because of my "disabilities". I don't feel like I'm disabled person, either. Just another guy trying to live life to the glory of God.