Tag Archive: Diagnosis Journey

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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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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Dear Warriors…..

Life has this funny way of telling you things you can and can’t do, over and over again. As a child, we knew something was “off” with the way I acted, walked, and did other activities, but we weren’t quite yet at a stage where we could pin point what it was. As I began […]
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cVEDS | People need to hear my husband’s story

My husband has Ehlers-Danlos syndrome. He was the typical case that wasn’t caught until he was older. When he was about 20, he swatted at a wasp and his arm dislocated. The surgeon that did the surgery knew there was something more going on because of the severity of the tips and tears. It was […]
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My HSD diagnosis made me feel more hopeful than ever

It all started in my last year of high school. I had suffered from headaches and migraines my whole life, but when I was 17 I got a headache that wouldn’t disappear. I went to doctors, physiotherapists and dentists: they treated my with acupunture and tried to pull my teeth out. The first tooth split […]
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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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