Tag Archive: Coping

Saryna's EDS story

I’ve learned to stop being ashamed of my condition

I have lived my whole life with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS), I don’t know what “normality” is. My whole life has revolved around my disability, my friendships, my relationship, and everyday life. Growing up, I was always that odd one out because of my disability; I had to wear special shoes at school that mostly got […]
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Being believed helped me to acknowledge that my pain is real

My greatest barrier with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome has been finding my own voice. Symptoms started as a young child with unbearable leg pain at night. Then, in high school, I began having many gastrointestinal issues. I still wanted to participate on my school’s cross country team; one day while running alone I lost consciousness. Once I […]
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Slowly but surely I’m stopping EDS from winning

For my whole life I struggled with building strength, keeping up with peers, and not understanding why movements look so different when I do them compared to others. As an adult, I now know what Ehlers-Danlos syndrome is: suddenly everything makes sense and the questions have been answered.   When it came to my muscles, they […]
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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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