Tag Archive: classical EDS

Me at home, most current photo, after work, I am a certified physician assistant.

I can connect with my patients on another level

I was very blessed to have an early diagnosis at five years old. Since my geneticist has played a major role in navigating my healthcare, I contribute my level of function and successful medical treatments to an early diagnosis. As a physician assistant myself, I personally know what it is like to be on both
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a selfie of paul sat on a sofa, with a bookshelf behind him

My journey with cEDS and CCI

Hi! My name is Paul and I’m in the UK. I have finally come to the realization that Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS) may be behind my ‘troubles’, but more importantly in relation to Craniocervical Instability (CCI). A few facts to start with. I was, what we call over here, ‘double-jointed’, as a child mainly around the
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Devyn sits on a hospital bed with her arms folded, her right leg in a pink cast

Navigating a pregnancy with cEDS

Hi, I am Devyn and I am 21 years old. I have classical EDS (cEDS). It took me six years to get a diagnosis, from age eleven until age seventeen. I started noticing symptoms at age 11, but now looking back, I have had symptoms since I was younger.  I would constantly sprain my ankles,
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Diagnosis gave me a whole new perspective on my life

All of my life I knew I was different. Constantly spraining my ankles, being able to take my jaw out of the socket, very flexible, knee surgeries, premature labor with both children, bruising easily… the list keeps going and going.  In 2014 I almost died from an internal hernia that had pulled my small intestine
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Kayla smiles into the camera

Working for accessibility

My name is Kayla Myers. I am 24 years old. I have many health issues, physical and mental. I am a blind gamer, I play video games with no useable sight. I was diagnosed with classical EDS (cEDS) in 2019. In 2016 I had a hospital admission that seemed to bring all of my EDS
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yasmine smiling at the camera with her knee up

The important things lie in the imperfections

I was diagnosed with classical Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (cEDS) at birth; my mother had it and when her water broke a month and a half early, it was confirmed that I had it too.  As long as I can remember I’ve been in and out of hospitals with some new injury or joint issues. Each year
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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
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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
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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
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