Tag Archive: awareness

My pain management journey

Hi! My name is Jada and I am a recent graduate of St. Mary’s College of Maryland currently living in Suitland, MD. I am 22 years old, and when I was 13 years old, I was diagnosed with EDS by Dr. Francomano after a grueling year of ER visits and hospital stays. More recently, I […]
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While there is life, there is hope! 

My story is like most with EDS. As a young child, I heard “it’s just growing pains” multiple times. As a teenager, my immune system dipped and infection wreaked havoc on my body. It wasn’t until a virus came a few years later that left permanent damage. I was diagnosed with hypermobile EDS (hEDS) in […]
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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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One Society, A Home For All

Many around the world face a diagnostic odyssey: years, sometimes lifetimes, fighting for recognition, diagnosis, and care. The Ehlers-Danlos Society is working towards a time when geography and wealth no longer determine your quality of life. Education is needed to advance early diagnosis and intervention—and post-diagnosis, patients urgently need support and guidance. We want to […]
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I want to spare another family from this life altering trauma

My story is truly one of heartbreak and pain. I recently lost my 14 year old son to aortic rupture caused by vascular Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, and that’s how I received my diagnosis. By this time I did already have two siblings diagnosed with vEDS, so we already knew there was a possibility of having it. […]
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I am a surviving spouse – the love of my life had vEDS

Vascular EDS is relentless. Sometimes it’s subtle, but mostly it isn’t. I am a surviving spouse – the love of my life had this relentless disease. During that time my dear husband’s body was attacked by an invisible enemy. There were major events, a spontaneously ruptured spleen, gastric aneurysm (where he was an early recipient […]
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