A TALENTED artist living with tourette syndrome is using her public profile after appearing on TV to raise awareness for the condition.
For 21 years Redditch resident Terrina Bibb lived what she considered to be a normal life.
She went to school, held down jobs and finished university with a good degree.
But not long after Terrina, from webheath suffered from stroke, which triggered the sydrome and changed her life forever.
Her mum Lynne Zawlocki said: “She wouldn’t go out for a long time because she was worried people would stare at her.
“Instead she would stay in and draw illustrations of celebrities, pets and people and avoid all contact with the outside world.
“I understood why because it can be very hard to control her condition in public as it makes her kick out, throw things and spit.
“People don’t understand and I can’t blame them because if it was the other way round I’d probably stare too.”
Terrina’s mood lifted earlier this year after she was asked by the BBC to go on a programme called ‘Misfits Like Us’.
She agreed as she saw it as a great opportunity to raise awareness of the condition.
But it also brought major attention to her artwork, which is now much sought-after and prized by celebrities.
Lynne said: “Since appearing on the show her business has really taken off.
“A London art gallery owner has even reached out to Terrina after seeing her work.
“They have agreed to showcase her drawings at the Artful Pelican in Blackheath, this month which is absolutely amazing.”
Terrina will have 16 originals and 25 prints available to buy and the money made from each sale will go to charities Street Souls and Tourettes Action.
Now aged 25, Terrina suffered a seizure a few weeks ago leaving her in a wheelchair.
“People only see the funny side of tourettes,” said Lynne, “They don’t see the horrible side that comes with it.”
Terrina’s work will be displayed from October 20 to November 17.
In the meantime she is also busy setting up a tourette support group accessed via Facebook at ‘Tourettes Support Midlands’.
Visit www.terrinabibb.com to see her work.