Tag Archive: hypermobile EDS

Alyssa on her wedding day leaned over and kissing her husband

My EDS is always two steps forward and five steps back

Hello, my name is Alyssa Kelly, and I was formally diagnosed with hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (hEDS) by a geneticist when I was 21. My mother knew something was wrong from the day I was born prematurely.  From that day forward it started, I had five sets of tubes from age 6 months to 5 years.  
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Sophia wears a red dress and is standing in front of a large hedge. She has a red bow on her head and is holding some red tulle

Finally having a name for my issues gave me so much relief

Ever since I was young, I was always “different”. I amused my friends and adults by contorting my body into weird shapes. The hyperextension in my arms, abnormally long fingers, and height, in particular, were things that people would often comment on. Starting around the time I was about 12 or 13, I started having
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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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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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