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January 2012 Newsletter 
In This Issue
Looking for a Community Group?
Dr. Shana Doronn, Jan 11th
James Durbin Libertyville Concert, Jan 27th
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2012 may be bringing a Community Group to your area!

If you live in or are willing to travel to
  • Country Club Hills
  • Chicago 
  • Western Suburbs of Chicago
  • Central Illinois
Send an email to tsaillinois@
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 Or let us know what other areas need support and if you would be willing to lead a group.




Happy New Year! It's hard to believe 2012 is already here. 

2011 was a spectacular year for TSA-IL.  A few 

of our highlights included new events such as Family Night with Dr. Michael Himle (University of Utah), Family Outing at Rainbow Falls Waterpark, Adult Night out at Champps along with our annual events, Run for the Roses, Golf Classic and the Annual Picnic.  


To reach out to more people, we joined the Facebook & Twitter Communities.  Our very own Sande Shamash (Executive Director) shared information about TSA-IL on the Dialogues with Dan show on Rockland World Radio.  


TSA-IL has many wonderful things lined up for 2012 including on-line community support, James Durbin Concert outing,  family night with Dr. Doug Woods, additional Community Groups, a new website and more!


Thank you for all your generous support in 2011 whether you made a donation (monetary, time, items or an idea), volunteered, attended functions or shared kind words.  TSA-IL wouldn't be the amazing group that we are without your support.  




Tourette Syndrome Association of Illinois (TSA-IL) 

The Tourette Connection & The Chicago Community Group Meeting, January 11th Featuring Guest Speaker
Dr. Shana Doronn, LCSW, Psy.D.

January 11, 2012 7:00 - 9:00 pm
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Dr. Shana Doronn, LCSW, Psy.D., a featured psychologist on A&E's "OBSESSED"
B'nai Jehoshua Beth Elohim (BJBE)

1201 Lake Cook Road,  

Deerfield, IL  (Area Map)


January's meet-up group will feature, Dr. Shana Doronn, LCSW, Psy.D.  You may already be familiar with Dr. Shana's work on A&E's true-life docuseries "OBSESSED" where she is one of the featured psychologists.


If you or someone you know has Tourette Syndrome (TS), Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), anxiety, or panic attacks, this meeting will provide valuable information from an dynamic expert in the field.


Bring your questions, Dr. Shana will answer as many as time will allow. Click here for more details and to RSVP. 


Bring a friend and spread the word to others who might enjoy attending! 


 Click here January 11th Community Group Featuring Dr. Shana Doronn Informational Flyer.

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Tourette Connection Meetup.com

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Looking for information about support groups?


Wish you could connect with others who understand the challenges of TS, share resources and ideas?


Do you live too far away to attend our monthly meetings?


Tourette Connection Group is now using Meetup as a convenient way to provide group members with timely information about Tourette Connection meetings, events, resources and most of all an easy way to keep in touch with each other.  


Meetup is also a convenient way to find others on the TS journey and share on-line whether you are in Chicago or the Southern tip of IL.  You might even find others locally and be able to start a Community Group near you.  For additional Meetup and Tourette Connection Details 


James Durbin Concert, Fri, Jan 27th @ 8:00 pm 
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James Durbin Jan 27th

Rocker James Durbin dazzled judges and received more than 72 million votes while on American Idol Season 10.  Now it's your chance to see James in an intimate setting at:


The Fuel Room  

Austin's Saloon and Eatery

481 Peterson Road, Libertyville, IL  


Tickets start at $15.00 and can be  purchased on line. (Several TSA-IL members purchased the $25 tickets).  Per Austin's policy you must 21 to attend the concert.


In November, Durbin debuted his first album "Memories of a Beautiful Disaster" (Wind-up Records). According to Billboard.com, "It echos the singer that fans heard on "Idol": a sensitive, passionate rock geek who has struggled with Tourette's syndrome. The album bows at No. 36 on the Billboard 200 and at No. 8 on Rock Albums with 28,000 sold.


"The underlying theme of the album is bullying and being an outsider, because growing up, I wasn't the popular kid at school," Durbin says. "I've heard from fans about how inspiring I am to their kids through singing covers on 'Idol,' and now I get to put out my record and give these people real emotion, stuff that I've gone through and someone to look up to." 


James also appeared in the PBS documentary about Tourette Syndrome, Different is the New Normal (featuring Illinois families, The Smalls and The Wilinskis, while centering on teen Ariel Small). 


Still not sure? View James singing the Beatle's With a Little Help From My Friends, Muse's Uprising and the timeless classic Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow.   For additional information about this rocker visit James' Website


Order your tickets soon if you are interested in going! 


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 Best wishes for a new year filled with love, acceptance, good health, kindness, determination, success and growth.