A Medical Miracle, A Friendship, and the Weird World of Tourette Syndrome

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"An inspirational tale of personal struggle with and triumph over Tourette syndrome, this is the story of Jeff Matovic and the radical treatment he sought to cure himself. After suffering from Tourette's for years--with his tics and outbursts getting progressively worse and with no results coming from drugs or physical or spiritual therapy--Jeff was able to convince his doctors and his insurance company to try a risky deep brain stimulation treatment, a surgery that involves the implantation of a pacemaker for the brain into his skull. Penned by a journalist who is also afflicted with Tourette's, this is the incredible story of a friendship that blossomed under their common experiences with this bizarre brain disorder. A complete discussion of the latestmedical research of and treatments for Tourette's, written in accessible and easy-to-understand terminology, is also included"--

Book News
Tourette syndrome patient Jeff Matovic found total relief from his debilitating symptoms through a new technique called deep brain stimulation. In this accessible narrative for general readers, patients, and families, journalist Fussell (Kansas City Star) tells Matovic's story with special insight-- Fussell also suffers from Tourette syndrome, and the two men became close friends as Matovic entered the media spotlight on Good Morning America and Oprah. Using plain language to explain the causes and treatment of Tourette's, the book features numerous brief chapters, with an emphasis on family relationships and Matovic's religious faith. The book includes a foreword by comedian Jeff Foxworthy. Distributed by Independent Publishers Group. Annotation ©2013 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Independent Publishing Group

When Jeff Matovic burst into the office of Dr. Robert Maciunas, he had very few options left. Matovic had suffered for years from Tourette Syndrome, his full-body spasms and outbursts getting progressively worse, to the point that he saw suicide as a viable option. Drugs, physical therapy, prayer—nothing was working. But Dr. Maciunas was a pioneer in deep brain stimulation (DBS), a new therapy that had worked to correct other brain disorders. Could it fix Matovic’s Tourette’s? All Matovic had to do was convince Dr. Maciunas that he was a perfect candidate for the procedure. That, and have several electrical leads—a “brain pacemaker”—implanted into his skull.

Author Jim Fussell is uniquely qualified to tell Matovic’s story—he suffers from Tourette Syndrome as well. Fussell’s job as a feature writer for the Kansas City Star brought him in contact with Oprah Winfrey, who first told him about Jeff Matovic, the “Miracle Man.” As Fussell learned about Matovic’s remarkable journey, he vowed to seek him out. This is their story.

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Chronicles the story of Jeff Matovic, who triumphed over Tourette syndrome thanks to a risky deep brain stimulation treatment, a surgery that involves the implantation of a pacemaker for the brain into his skull.

Publisher: Chicago, Illinois : Chicago Review Press, [2013]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2013
ISBN: 9781613743805
Characteristics: xvi, 256 pages ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Matovic, Jeffrey P.


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