Greg Dickerson Opens Up on Battle With Epilepsy, Tourette Syndrome

In an interview with Bill Doyle of the Worcester Telegram & Gazette, CSNNE Celtics sideline reporter Greg Dickerson outlines his recent health scares, and opens up about his battle with epilepsy and Tourette syndrome.

Greg Dickerson, Celtics reporter, details battle with Tourette syndrome, epilepsy

Two days before the Celtics’ season opener against the Knicks on Christmas, Dickerson, his wife Shannon and their 3-year-old son Cole hopped in their car to drive to New York. Shannon didn’t feel well and had asked Greg to drive for the beginning of the trip, but she got behind the wheel any way.

“Nobody said a word about it,” Dickerson said. “We just went off on our way, but if I had driven, the three of us would be dead.”

Not long into the drive, Dickerson suffered a seizure. He recalls having difficulty speaking and slamming his fist on the dashboard in frustration, then blanking out. The next thing he remembers is sitting on the side of I-95 in Attleboro while the state police and fire and rescue squad tried to convince him to get out of the car. Dickerson spent the night at Sturdy Memorial Hospital in Attleboro. Medical tests ruled out a brain tumor, Parkinson’s disease and multiple sclerosis, but doctors weren’t sure what the problem was.

He January he suffered another seizure, this time in the middle of a Celtics broadcast. He’s since been diagnosed with epilepsy (Chad Finn had reported that on February 3rd) and is on medication to prevent further seizures.

In addition, from the Doyle article:

Dickerson revealed for the first time publicly that he has also suffered from Tourette syndrome and obsessive-compulsive disorder for 15 years and dyslexia, a reading disability, since the third grade.

He detailed how he copes with those conditions and the support he has received. He’s been back on the job during Celtics games since January 31st, and expects to improve as time goes on.

  • bsmfan

    Have to say that I was not the biggest fan before but from knowing someone who battled through it, never using it as an excuse in doing their job, I have much more respect. Good luck to Greg and I hope CSNNE sticks with him.

  • Paul O

    I agree with the above comment. I have never been a fan of Greg the Talent but hold Greg the Individual in high regard.

  • Auntie Lib

    Having suffered a second seizure in 5 years, after 65 years of no related issues ( I am now 70), I read this story with great interest.
    Good luck Greg and family. I have always admired your enthusiasm.

  • Tom

    Much respect to Greg. Glad he lived to tell his story.

  • NutCracker

    I suspected that Dickerson had some kind of nervous twitch when he'd roll his eyes. I'm sorry to hear it's more than a little twitch. It was pretty courageous for Greg to share his illness with his listeners. Wishing good health to Greg going forward.

  • Celtic

    I am a huge fan of Gregs and have always admired his thoughtful questions and comments. I knew he was a class guy but now he went up another level. He is well thought of by the highest level at the garden to the regular people, he treats all of us the same.

  • Ryan

    I've always been a fan of Greg Dickerson. I thought CSNNE had fired him and I was kind of upset. Now that I know this I hope he gets better

  • LJS

    I always thought Greg Dickerson was a real broadcasting pro and missed him earlier this NBA season. Wondered why he was missing and there was no information released regarding his absence. Very happy he is back (A. Sharrod Blakely did an admirable job filling in), and have great respect for Greg's desire and ability to overcome such daunting difficulties. Makes the great job he does even more amazing….the Symmons commercials he does demonstrates his natural ability and his appeal. They, too, are very well done and Greg's manner is the reason why.
    Good for him!

  • joe

    agree about greg's professionalism, and i like the way he handles radio hosting duties when he does. i always knew he had a twitch, id see him at games off camera and I could tell, but i didn't know it was as serious. will definitely be wishing him well going forward

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