Pretoria, 27 February 2016 - A 19-year-old, Radlyn Naidoo, a singing sensation from Pretoria is taking the internet by storm. Hes educating the public about the neurological disease he suffers suffers from, Tourettes syndrome.
PRETORIA - Music is more than a hobby for University of Pretoria student Radlyn Naidoo; it’s where he finds refuge from his constant tics.
The 19-year-old singing sensation from Pretoria is taking the internet by storm.
Not only is he putting out videos that wow viewers with his vocal abilities, he is educating the public about the neurological disease Tourette’s syndrome that he suffers from.
Tourette’s affects the brain and nervous system, causing repeated, uncontrollable movements or involuntary vocal sounds known as tics. These can be embarrassing or stigmatising for sufferers.
“Singing is my escape mechanism to live a reality that I want to live. It’s a reality where my Tourette’s is non-existent. It’s not that I’m upset that I have Tourette’s, it’s just that it makes me happy to sing.
"It’s the one thing that allows me to control the aspect of my life I can’t control,” said Naidoo.
“There are certain days I’ll come home from university a simple act of wanting to show affection to a loved one, like I’d come home I’d want to hug my mother. But my tics are so bad probably because of the stress and the day I’ve had I can’t hug her because I’d hurt her,” he said.
Radlyn says if you see someone with Tourette’s,emphatically ask them if they need help rather than simply stare.
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