Tag Archive: hypermobile EDS

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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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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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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a selfie of a woman wearing glasses and a neck brace

I was told that I ‘just have an achy body type.’

I was diagnosed with hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (hEDS) in 2018 at age 33. I had at this point had symptoms my entire life (hypermobility, headaches, joint pain, fatigue, gastrointestinal issues, autonomic intolerance etc.), but no one had pieced together my jigsaw. In 2015 I was pregnant with my first baby. I had a very difficult
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