The World's Strongest Librarian: A Memoir of Tourette's, Faith, Strength, and the Power of Family

By Josh Hanagarne

An inspiring tale of ways a Mormon child with Tourette’s came across salvation in books and weight-lifting

Josh Hanagarne couldn’t be invisible if he attempted. even though he wouldn’t formally be clinically determined with Tourette Syndrome till his freshman yr of highschool, Josh was once six years previous and onstage in a faculty Thanksgiving play while he first begun displaying indicators. by the point he used to be twenty, the younger Mormon had reached his towering grownup peak 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 sickness, 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 continued to marry and earn a level in Library technological know-how. finally, an eccentric, autistic strongman—and former Air strength Tech Sergeant and defend at an Iraqi prison—taught Josh easy methods to “throttle” his tics into submission via strength-training.

Today, Josh is a librarian typically department of Salt Lake City’s public library and founding father of a favored weblog approximately books and weight lifting—and the proud father of four-year-old Max, who has already began to express his personal signs of Tourette’s.

The World’s most powerful Librarian illuminates the mysteries of this little-understood ailment, in addition to the very diverse worlds of strongman education and glossy 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 existence worthy residing.

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I ended guffawing whilst my hand crashed into the facet of my head. Misty. It didn’t knock me down, yet I misplaced my stability and stumbled. I stuck myself with one hand and decreased myself to the floor. Max used to be nonetheless conserving the stone. He placed it down. Then he positioned his palms round my neck and squeezed. “You ok, Daddy? ” “I’m okay,” I acknowledged. “Thanks. ” “What occurred? ” “I simply fell. ” i used to be chilled. Will this be his tale? presently after Max’s beginning, Janette requested me what i wished for my son. The Hopes and goals dialogue. I knew what i didn't wish. Max has my eyes. Will he inherit the damaged the teeth? He has my lengthy hands and feet. Will the joints carry? He has his complete lifestyles forward. Will he event his personal percentage of squandered years? His slim torso is just wider than my hand. Will a hernia holiday it? He chatters and sings continuously. Will he ever undergo voicelessness so he could be out in public? in the course of my lunch breaks on the library, I expert desperately within the small health room downstairs. I’d pound away on the weights till i used to be on my knees. As my breath again, I’d try and determine the place Misty used to be. If she’d had sufficient. within the evenings, I expert in our yard. since it took huge, immense attempt, I’d placed Max at the back of the truck and actually push it round our cul-de-sac whereas Janette instructed. something and every thing to maintain Misty at bay. I collapsed into mattress at evening, hoping that I’d exhausted myself adequate to banish her. I persisted with my kettlebell obsession, gathering a pleasant little kin of them in our yard. the most important weighs 106 kilos. The smallest belongs to Max. It weighs kilos. It could’ve been the prize in a field of cereal. In 2009, in a healthy of insanity, I bought my set of the Oxford Mark Twain to defray the price of attending the Russian Kettlebell problem, aka the RKC, a three-day certification for teachers. It was once wear by way of Dragon Door, the writer of Pavel Tsatsouline’s publication The bare Warrior. Twenty-nine volumes of Mark Twain. My favourite writer. greater than fourteen thousand pages, now not it all nice, yet nice sufficient. every one quantity contained an advent by means of a famous writer. Kurt Vonnegut wrote the advent to Connecticut Yankee. That intro on my own used to be nearly definitely worth the rate of the books. My mother obtained them for my university commencement current for 3 hundred funds on eBay, yet I would’ve paid extra. I smiled at these books whenever I observed them on my cabinets. in lots of methods I nonetheless felt like an incomplete individual, yet no less than I had these books; i used to be extra whole than somebody unfortunate sufficient to not have them. So, yeah, it was once insanity to promote them. Why did i would like to visit the RKC? As I’ve stated, I’m at risk of either ads and demanding situations to my ego, so there has been that. but in addition, i used to be having fun with the net kettlebell neighborhood. I went to the Dragon Door discussion board on a daily basis and wrote and browse approximately education with kettlebells with folks doing an analogous factor. It used to be enjoyable to belong. It additionally gave me an opportunity to get friendlier with Adam T. Glass, an ever-present and domineering strength at the message forums.

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