Tag Archive: Coping

The emotional toll of being doubted

In my 30’s I started to develop significant pain in all of my joints, but mostly stemming from my spine. When I got pregnant at 31, I started to have excruciating pain in my back. I went to physical therapy and was told it was normal.  At 36, I had my first spinal surgery, a […]
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Having someone who understands every unstable step

My mother and I were diagnosed in tandem. My mother was 39 but looked 19, living a life in chronic pain with constant joint instability. I was 6, and sitting in the doctors office in a W banding my fingers backwards so my hand looked like a skydiver. In the 23 years that have followed […]
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I didn’t want to be treated differently

I’m Evy and this is my EDS story. I was diagnosed with hEDS when I was 10 years old. Leading up to my diagnosis, my pediatrician was suspicious because I had some symptoms such as scoliosis, Idiopathic Thrombocytopenia Purpura (ITP), hernia, flat feet, flexible joints, digestive issues, etc. It took a few years, but I […]
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EDS was my “aha! moment”

I am 61 years old, and a little less than two years ago I was diagnosed with hypermobile EDS (hEDS.) I am grateful for all the research on EDS, the informative resources available on The Ehlers Danlos Society’s website, and the prompt answers to all of my questions. It’s tremendous to not feel alone. I […]
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15 years too long

The irony of living in close proximity to Boston, MA, a city known for its medical advancements, is that with all the world-renowned care I sought, it still took over 15 years to finally have some answers. My name is Victoria, and I am a 26 year-old full-time Doctor of Pharmacy candidate in an accelerated […]
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Discovering my own diagnosis

I’m Ashley, 34 years old from Canada and living with hEDS, PoTS, gastroparesis, mast cell, and all the lovely things that come with EDS. My story is lifelong and has been physically and mentally draining. As a child I had many EDS traits that caused me problems, but I did not know at the time […]
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My University Goal

I was 19 years old when I was diagnosed with hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos syndrome [hEDS]. This was an extremely difficult period for me as I was also in my second year of university studying for my BA Honours in Early-Childhood Studies. I was fortunate to have a smooth diagnosis; I was examined by a rheumatologist who […]
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I did not get answers until I advocated for myself

Over 10 years of “rest”… Over 10 years of “take it easy”… Over 10 years of “do some yoga and meditate”… Over 10 years of “maybe you should talk to someone”… Over 20 years of doctors shrugging me off with comments like “you’re too young and healthy to have issues”…”it’s just tendonitis”….”you’re a dancer, it’s […]
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