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WATCH: Cornwall 12-year-old raises awareness of Tourette's

WATCH: Cornwall 12-year-old raises awareness of Tourette's

Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 9:37am 31st August 2018. (Updated at 10:36am 31st August 2018)

A Cornwall 12-year-old is using her musical talent to raise awareness of life with Tourette’s Syndrome.

Wilamena, daughter of Cornish artist John Dyer, has produced a video to encourage others not to let the condition restrict them from following their dreams.

"I have made a video all about sending out a message to people about me and my Tourette’s Syndrome.

"I want to say to other people to not let their Tourettes, or any other conditions, define them or stop them from doing anything that they want to do. I even went to the beach to film a lot of this.

"I play Bach’s Cello Suite No.1.

"Please watch this video and share it with all of your friends and family as I hope that it will open people’s minds and show what can be achieved, even if you have a disability like I do."


Her tics, such as moving her nose or holding her mouth open, were first noticed when she was 5 years old and taking part in a school play.

By November 2015 Wilamena had more than 1,000 full body tics every day and has been treated at London's Great Ormond Street Hospital. 

Wilamena writes a blog, TicTastic, about life with Tourette's and shared her video on the website.

In it Wilamena can be seen and heard playing the Bach Cella Suite.

Dad, John Dyer, shared her new video on Twitter.

"We are proud of our daughter Wilamena, aged 12, who has made a video about Tourette's Syndrome and how it creates struggles for her but doesn't stop her aiming for the stars with her cello playing.

"You can watch her brave & beautiful video on her blog now."

John Dyer

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