Revé Osheel

When Revé Osheel was just shy of 7 years old she was sitting at her kitchen table eating dinner, just after finishing her much loved dance class and she began to violently shake her head and make funny noises. Brooke, Revé’s mom having a nursing background, noticed straight away something was wrong and signaled Revé’s father, fearing the symptoms looked like Tourette Syndrome. An appointment was made with their pediatrician, confirming her symptoms looked like tics but informed them that further testing was required.

After a years worth of tests, an electroencephalogram (EEG) also known as brain mapping, seizure testing and being hooked up to all types of machines, Revé was officially diagnosed, just before her 8th birthday.

Not knowing much about Tourette Syndrome, they threw themselves into finding out more information, discovering this syndrome affects boys more than girls with a typical onset age of 7. YouTube and Google became their best sources for information, as well as a movie DVD called, “Front of the Class”, inspired by a true story about a man with Tourette Syndrome who overcame huge obstacles, in his childhood to become a teacher. The family used this as an educational tool in every grade Revé entered and as she got older there was Q & A’s with her peers.

Despite the education, in the 4th grade boys started to verbally and physically bully Revé, one boy even saying he wanted her to die and kicked her in the back of the head during music class. Then in 5th grade a boy in her class threw a rock at her face. He was about 5-10 feet away from her. He left a serious mark, bruising her skull. On both occasions school administrations were not helpful to assist the Osheel family, but it did solidify a family pact to bring education and make a difference to this world, “To protect children and to stand up for them, first being my daughter”, says Brooke.

This education rang true when in 6th grade, on her first day of a brand new school; a classmate next to her in class said “she sounds like a whiny little puppy”. At the time Revé was going through whiny vocal tics and to others it was weird and noticeable. The girl started mocking her, "My name is Revé" and then she proceeded to make funny noises to classmates. Revé was still building her confidence, after the bullying from the previous school and she didn’t know how to respond. It was a rough day that day, as the emotions of verbal abuse flooded her. After expressing her day to her mom, a meeting with the principal and the school counselor was held and the situation was address and the girl apologized and she and Revé became instant friends!

Miss Arizona, Jennifer Smestad and Revé met in August 2013. Jennifer, who also has Tourette Syndrome uses it as her platform to educate others. She and Revé have become best friends and are working together, uniting their voices against bullying.

Revé has also teamed up with Jaylens Challenge Foundation, Inc, a non-profit, charitable organization dedicated to promoting awareness and prevention of bullying through education and community service. “Kids are losing their lives because of it,” says Brooke, “and Jaylen Arnold is making a difference and have helped Revé so much.” Back in May, Jaylens Challenge received a donation from Ellen Degeneres, which helped make his story worldwide. For more information- jaylenschallenge.org.

Revé, who is a huge fan of Ariana Grande, is a strong and resilient young lady, whose confidence has grown through dancing, singing, acting and performing. She shines on the stage and is a joy to watch. She recently took up snowboarding and is willing to try almost anything, with her fearless attitude. “I love telling my story and I hope that it inspires people to stand up for themselves. “, and out of this hope came Revé’s Revolution. For more information and how to get involved- revesrevolution.org.

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Clicking pens