Jamie Grace, along with her mother, appeared on CBS's The Doctors February 18, 2015 to share her struggle with Tourette Syndrome. Jamie was 9 years old when she started to squeeze her eyes shut uncontrollably, making weird noises and bursting into song.
"Eventually it became more aggressive. I would hit things, fracture bones," says Grace. "I would be crying trying to stop it and I couldn't."
Tourette Syndrome was causing more than self-harm, "She would kick me repeatedly," says her mother, "I can't even begin to tell you the pain and the tears because you don't want your child to know that you're feeling as helpless as she is."
By age 11 Grace was diagnosed with Tourette Syndrome, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and anxiety. She has learned to be open and honest about what she is going through, "because you never know how it could help someone else."
In 2012, Jamie Grace became the youngest person to ever be nominated for a Grammy Award. She also launched her organization I Am A Fighter to raise awareness about Tourette Syndrome for teens.
You can watch her interview on The Doctors here: http://www.thedoctorstv.com/videos/singer-fights-tourette-syndrome
"Fighter" is Jamie Grace's theme song: