Tag Archive: Diagnosis Journey

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The day will come when all medical professionals know about vEDS

I’m 66 years old and have vascular Ehlers-Danlos syndrome. Anyone familiar with this EDS type understands how blessed I am as the median life expectancy is 48 years. My vEDS life began 22 years ago, although I didn’t know it at the time. On Christmas Eve in 1996 I began having abdominal pain around 6:00pm.
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I’m thankful for my early diagnosis

My name is Reavie and I am 16 months old. My mom and dad had never heard of EDS before they had me, although it turns out my mom has it too. We knew something was up when at 6 months, before I was crawling or even rolling around, my arms were covered in bruises.
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If only people understood

I’m Spencer, I’m 16 years old, and I have hEDS. I wanted to share my story, because I know that there isn’t a lot of visibility for the men out there with EDS. My symptoms started when I was 6 years old. It started out as pain and instability in my ankles and knees, which was
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Managing my insecurities

My name is Rachel and I have classical EDS (cEDS). I’ve never been open to anyone about my insecurities about having EDS. I’ve told others that I have it, and explained what it is in a very objective way, but I never dwelt deeper than that. Searching ‘EDS’ in Instagram was shocking to find so
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Learning how to adapt to life with cEDS

By Liz H. My daughter, Frances, was diagnosed with cEDS when she was almost 2 years old. We feel lucky that we were able to obtain a diagnosis so young, knowing that many EDS patients spend much of their lives trying to figure it out. It’s possible that we also would have been in the
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Which type do I have? Doctors don’t always agree

By Caleb H. In January of 2000, when I was 2-years-old I came down with an illness which, contrary to EDS, most of the world has enough familiarity with to despise: the unfortunately common, unpleasant, but benign wintertime stomach flu. And common, unpleasant, but benign is how it should have gone. But, ironically, this common
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Vascular EDS does not stop me from living life

By Lynley W. Hi, I’m Lynley, and I have vascular Ehlers-Danlos syndrome. I was born club-footed; my feet were almost completely turned around. Doctors told my parents that I would be in a wheelchair for all of my life. I am happy to say I am not in a wheelchair! I’ve had multiple surgeries and
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I’m the girl who’s always broken

By Zoey B. I’m the girl who’s always broken. For real. Some kids actually don’t know my name. I’m just referred to as the girl who’s always broken. I mean, for them it probably seems like it. My whole life I was always very flexible, doing weird things with my body other kids couldn’t do.
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