Tag Archive: advocacy

Aiming at making a difference

My name is Isabella and I just turned 22 at the end of May, which is the awareness month for Ehlers-Danlos syndromes (EDS) and hypermobility spectrum disorders (HSD). I was diagnosed with hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (hEDS) back in 2014 and last summer I got the confirmation of my diagnosis based on the new evaluation criteria […]
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michelle's story

Self-advocacy is the most important tool in my toolbox

Don’t be a wallflower, find what works for you! I used to think everyone had constant aches and pains. My high school track and field team delighted me—I adored being part of that group! But running hurt my knees and my back. I had a whole box filled with braces, aces, and splints. So instead, […]
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Kaily's story

Advocacy became my biggest lifeline during my diagnosis journey

TW: Contains mention of suicide. For years, the struggle to find the words to raise awareness for my genetic condition, vascular Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (vEDS), has mimicked the years of working through speech therapy, as my family tried to decipher the tongue-tied soliloquy I called talking. A million details scrambled together, just enough to make it […]
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Jameela Jamil Presented With The Ehlers-Danlos Society Patient Advocate Award

The Ehlers-Danlos Society was proud to present Jameela Jamil, British actor and activist, with the Patient Advocate of The Year award tonight, at its Global Learning Conference in Nashville.  Accepting the award via video link, Jameela thanked The Ehlers-Danlos Society for recognizing her with the award, and for welcoming her into their community: “I am […]
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