Tag Archive: hypermobile EDS

Stephen's story with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome

I struggle to find a job that will accept me

It would take me hours to tell my story fully. But here is a start.  One day just before Christmas I got up off of my bed and felt excruciating pain in my knee, I went to the emergency room and because I could still move my knee they sent me home. A few months […]
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Aiming at making a difference

My name is Isabella and I just turned 22 at the end of May, which is the awareness month for Ehlers-Danlos syndromes (EDS) and hypermobility spectrum disorders (HSD). I was diagnosed with hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (hEDS) back in 2014 and last summer I got the confirmation of my diagnosis based on the new evaluation criteria […]
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Yamini's story

The hardest part is learning what my body can cope with

Adjusting expectations of myself has been the hardest part of coping with EDS. Just like many people with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, I remember my childhood as a series of hospital, physiotherapy, and orthodontist appointments. I was forced into wearing kids’ Birkenstocks and doing foot-strengthening exercises I never really liked. It wasn’t until my mid-teens that the […]
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michelle's story

Self-advocacy is the most important tool in my toolbox

Don’t be a wallflower, find what works for you! I used to think everyone had constant aches and pains. My high school track and field team delighted me—I adored being part of that group! But running hurt my knees and my back. I had a whole box filled with braces, aces, and splints. So instead, […]
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Nicki's story

It took 40 years to receive my EDS diagnosis

May is EDS awareness month and I’ve decided to take part in the #myEDSchallenge by writing about my own personal journey.  I am 47 years old and became symptomatic in the 1970s with a collapsed bowel, resulting in various visits to children’s wards at both St Thomas’ Hospital in London and my own local hospital. […]
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sarah's story

The bad football tackle that set everything into motion

TW: contains mention of suicide. The Tale of the Terrible Tendons I grew up in many different parts of the world but spent most of my childhood years in Sweden. That is where my story begins! I was an avid athlete and loved football. I loved being active, and I was darn good at it […]
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headshot chloe story

None of my friends understand the toll that my EDS takes on me

According to my doctors, I have had hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (hEDS) since I was a baby, but I was not diagnosed with it until I was 13.  Before this I pretty much lived a normal childhood, hanging out with friends both in and out of school, shopping, cinema, and much more. I was, however, very […]
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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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