Tag Archive: Teens

I want to spare another family from this life altering trauma

My story is truly one of heartbreak and pain. I recently lost my 14 year old son to aortic rupture caused by vascular Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, and that’s how I received my diagnosis. By this time I did already have two siblings diagnosed with vEDS, so we already knew there was a possibility of having it. […]
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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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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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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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I am proud of myself and every one of you for facing this battle

By Hallie W. Hi everyone, I’m Hallie. I am 18 years old, and received my hypermobility Ehlers-Danlos diagnosis last year, at 17. As I’m sure most of you know, the feelings regarding an Ehlers-Danlos diagnosis come in phases. I felt the extreme relief at having an answer, and verifying my sanity. I felt the “I […]
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SHINING AS BRIGHTLY AS I CAN

Over the past five months, I have powered through the pain. I have continued to make the most out of my abilities. Just three weeks ago I had the surgery to remove my broken hardware. I am excited to no longer be known in my school as “the girl with the broken back.” I know that I am resilient, that I am capable of anything I imagine myself to be.
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