Tyler, 25, was diagnosed with an extreme form of TS when he was 10 years old. His severe, uncontrollable tics were so violent that he would injure himself. Follow The Doctors cameras as they spend a day with Tyler, his wife, Kassie, and their newb...
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Deep Brain Stimulation Surgery - Tyler's Story Dr. Travis Stork: And we actually sit in our camera, we spent the day with Tyler and his family. So we could see how his life is right now. Tyler: The DBS did improve my quality of life in a large way. Kassie: Making breakfast, or even his own lunch were very difficult for him. Tyler: I did fall in the ground gripping up on the counter; I can’t pour myself a glass of anything. It’s just giving me a much better ability to be husband and have son. Kassie: This is Jude; this is his first time on camera. Say hi! Tyler: My wife, Kassie has been one of my biggest blessings. I had never been around somebody who didn’t get tired of me or say I need a break. Kassie: In my opinion he’s an inspiration of strength. He has a lot of good days. And he still has bad days. Tyler: The DBS didn’t cure me in any sense. I didn’t get any sleep last night, I am exhausted. Kassie: I needed help with things around the house, and there are days where he just can’t. No matter how good his tics are on some days, they’re still there. Tyler: These are just ankle braces. It helps prevent a tic I have rolled in my ankles. Before the surgery, I did not go out at all. I stayed in the house for months at a time not seeing the sun. I can’t hold my son as much as I’d liked to. Kassie: It makes me very sad that he doesn’t have the relationship with Jude that he should. Tyler: When he was first born and I was offered to hold him for the first time, I didn’t even want to because I didn’t want to hurt him. Kassie: But I see it in his eyes. I know that he wants to be able to cuddle and love his son the way that I do but he just can’t. Tyler: I am far from where I want to be and I don’t know if I’ll ever get there. But the closer we get, the happier I am. Dr. Travis Stork: And not only is Tyler a new father but Kassie his wife and Jude are with us today. If there is one thing you want to people about your husband, what would it be? Kassie: That he’s a fighter. That no matter the good days or the bad days, no matter what he’s going through he still fights and I think that’s a lesson that all of us can learn is that no matter how hard things in your life are, it’s never as bad we might think it is and there is always hope and we can always fight. Dr. Jim Sears: One thing I love is that I read that you love the whole Jude obviously but just holding him helps calm your tics? Tyler: It does. It’s peaceful for me and it helps me -- it gives me something to concentrate on. And anytime I can do that it takes my tics down a lot. It’s such a new experience being around him and I’m loving every minute and every new thing I can learn from him. Dr. Jim Sears: I know you’re also -- one of your concerns were or maybe Dr. de Lotbiniere here can help us, does a possible genetic or hereditary component to his tourette has -- that would relate to Jude? Dr. de Lotbiniere: Well, there’s certainly that possibility there and only time will tell of course. Unfortunately there are no tests presently that will tell us weather or not the child will developed tourettes but certainly there is that risk considered but that’s a risk that obviously they’re willing to take and deal with it. Dr. Travis Stork: Well Tyler you’ve come such a long way. Thank you for sharing your story with us today. Tyler: I love it. Thank you for having me here. Dr. Travis Stork: Kassie and little Jude thanks for being here. Dr. de Lotbiniere, thank you for sharing this story with us. Thank you so very much. I think its okay to standup. Tyler: Thank you very much.

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