Tag Archive: classical EDS

From veteran to medically retired with classical Ehlers-Danlos syndrome

My journey to a cEDS diagnosis

Probably one of the hardest things for me to do is actually talk about myself. So this is no small task.⁠ ⁠ I am a 49-year-old mother of three grown children ages 25, 28, and 33. I’m also a Grandma of a 7-year-old girl and twins, a boy and a girl age two. My husband […]
View page


My awareness mission

My name is Alexander VanHouten. I have Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, and though living with pain and constant threat of injury every day is no walk in the park, I am thankful for the trajectory my life has taken because of this disease. When I was a child I was, like most young boys, a hyperactive, rambunctious […]
View page


My journey with EDS and Chiari

“You just have to learn to live with the headaches.” The doctor looked at me with a complete lack of interest, clearly not caring about what that sentence might mean for a 20-something trying to adjust to adulthood as a firefighter/paramedic. I had spent months trying to ignore the pain, overcome the balance problems, and […]
View page