By Josh Hanagarne
An inspiring tale of the way a Mormon child with Tourette’s discovered salvation in books and weight-lifting
Josh Hanagarne couldn’t be invisible if he attempted. even supposing he wouldn’t formally be clinically determined with Tourette Syndrome until eventually his freshman yr of highschool, Josh was once six years outdated and onstage in a college Thanksgiving play whilst he first begun showing signs. by the point he was once twenty, the younger Mormon had reached his towering grownup top of 6’7” when—while serving on a venture for the Church of Latter Day Saints—his Tourette’s tics escalated to nightmarish degrees.
Determined to beat his disorder, Josh underwent every little thing from quack treatments to lethargy-inducing drug regimes to Botox injections that paralyzed his vocal cords and left him unvoiced for 3 years. Undeterred, Josh persisted to marry and earn a level in Library technology. ultimately, an eccentric, autistic strongman—and former Air strength Tech Sergeant and safeguard at an Iraqi prison—taught Josh the best way to “throttle” his tics into submission via strength-training.
Today, Josh is a librarian mostly department of Salt Lake City’s public library and founding father of a well-liked weblog approximately books and weight lifting—and the proud father of four-year-old Max, who has already began to exhibit his personal indicators of Tourette’s.
The World’s most powerful Librarian illuminates the mysteries of this little-understood affliction, in addition to the very diverse worlds of strongman education and smooth libraries. With humor and candor, this not going hero strains his trip to beat his incapacity— and navigate his wavering Mormon faith—to locate love and create a lifestyles worthy residing.
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