Tag Archive: hEDS

a selfie of andrea in a car

My journey from “mushy muscles” to misdiagnosis

I was born in the ’70s… My parents were told I was born with “mushy muscles”. I didn’t walk until I was 20 months old, but I managed and I was cute. I was the firstborn on both sides of the family, so no other babies to compare to, though little things bothered my young
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tarryn is wearing a neck brace, and standing with her hand on her hip

I am ready to stand strong as an advocate

The rush of feelings like bubbles during the first pour of champagne. My heart beating as though I am running the NYC marathon (a dream that will always remain a dream). Still very unsure which letters to use as I am perplexed on what words to even begin with. Never have I felt so vulnerable
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Angie wears a black dress and red shoes, and is surrounded by birthday decorations, glitter, and on the floor sits a zebra ball!

I had to heed my own advice and stop hiding my conditions

My life has been nothing short of exhausting. There’s nothing like a life interrupted to gain perspective.  Having grown up with a brother who suffers from quadriplegia and profound retardation as a result of Cerebral Palsy and severe intellectual impairment, I became grounded very young and was raised to never take anything for granted. However;
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Molly out riding her horse

Working together for Molly

My wife, Molly was diagnosed over twenty years ago with hypermobile EDS (hEDS). For years, we have dealt with many challenges EDS has brought. For most of those years, we have been able to live a pretty normal life, albeit with limitations and strong medications. We have owned and rode horses for most of our
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Being able to use my scooter to increase my independence and enjoying frozen yogurt with my amazing and empathetic son, Daniel.

Lost Identity

CW: Contains discussion of miscarriage and suicide I have always been a planner. I knew at a young age that I wanted to be a dietitian and fulfilled this goal through hard work and dedication. I married my first love and I was the first of my friends to marry and the first to have
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Leah sits on her grass lawn

Patient advocacy shouldn’t mean having to fight for diagnosis

Getting an Ehlers-Danlos syndrome diagnosis is an ongoing process that can raise more questions than answers. I had always been ‘flexible’ and had problems with my joints in childhood, but my flexibility was encouraged and any pain was brushed off by doctors as ‘growing pains.’ As a child, I briefly participated in dance and gymnastics
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taffy standing on the beach with her arms out

I may be in pain, but I am determined

I didn’t know I had hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (hEDS) until age 26. I was born with congenital cardiac defects, and as a child everyone called me “double-jointed.”  I was a very sports-involved tomboy covered in bruises, ace bandages, and casts, and suffered dislocations, ligament and tendon tears, sprains, and strains. I was always fainting with
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gafsa smiling in her wheelchair

My mission to raise awareness in South Africa

My name is Gafsa Garson and I am known as Gafsa Bux. I was an operational nursing manager at Groote Schuur Hospital. I started having severe back pain in 2018, I saw a neurologist and an orthopedic doctor, as I was also complaining of severe pain in my hands. The neurologist sent me to a
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harry sitting on his motorized scooter

My catheter has given me control of my life back

My name is Harry, although diagnosed at 17 and being hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (hEDS) didn’t affect me until I had a severe and dangerous prostate infection. This flared up my EDS. It was my bladder which EDS hit hardest first. I began retaining urine because my bladder muscles were not able to work, but I
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My bladder journey

“Hi, I’m @uniquely_jeantique and for Urology Awareness Month I’m going to tell you a bit about my bladder journey! I have hEDS and bladder complications are one of the many comorbidities I struggle with, but for years I was told I “just” had interstitial cystitis and was dismissed by doctors who didn’t take any of
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