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Category: Invisible Strength – Stronger 2 Gether

Second Class Person

How does it feel to be a second class person? Living in a civilized and developed country with supposedly one of the best health systems in the world and the world’s leading doctors I have never thought about finding myself sitting in a doctors office 6000 miles away from home because I was dismissed in my own country. But here I am, sitting in my neurosurgeon’s office at 7 pm and waiting for him to tell me how sick I actually am and shocking me with the possibility of spinal cord damage or worse and with the actual amount...

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ALLYSA SEELY: ON THE ROAD TO RIO – Story of a Paratriathlete with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS).

ALLYSA SEELY: ON THE ROAD TO RIO – Story of a Paratriathlete with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS). Those who know me, know that I’m a huge fan of sharing stories of hope, strength, and perseverance — no matter how big or how small the accomplishment. I have a few friends who also share my passion, and recently I’ve joined with my friend Donna from Beating Limitations. Our hope is to shine a light on incredible stories from within our community – stories that you often do not hear about, but cannot be inspired and motivated, not to mention filled with hope...

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Living with Lyme Disease

Living with Lyme Disease The story shared below is a guest post from my friend Lauren. Lauren and I went to highschool together and before Brian and I moved our family to another town, Lauren and I would see each other fairly often. We would get together for playdates, or a night out with a few other friends of ours. At that time, my life and work in the Ehlers-Danlos and chronic illness communities was not something that was often a topic of conversation with any of my friends, especially ones outside of the EDS and medical world. Most friends probably...

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How are you handicapped?

How are you handicapped? Guest post by Monica Kaye Snyder   Today was my pre-op appointment with my primary care doctor. I didn’t sleep much last night because of this strange vibration in my arms and horrible legs spasms. I felt very uncomfortable this morning, but I was thrilled the girls had the day off school and let myself off the hook for a few basic things that usually drive the routine of my days including making my bed. This is huge progress for me. I cannot explain this any other way except the pheresis threw a big bucket...

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What is an Invisible Illness?

What is an invisible illness? Personally, I don’t consider myself sick or even chronically ill, but I do feel like I have an invisible condition (actually conditions). I’m pretty sure that there are a number of us with EDS who do not identify as being “sick” and honestly, I don’t want to. I do not care to prove my suffering to others, nor do I care to have people believe me. I started talking about EDS and my personal journey more and more, because I saw how much misunderstanding there was in the medical community about Ehlers-Danlos syndrome and...

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‘Twenty Minutes’ by Karen Smith-Will – Winner of Our Team Taylor/Mast Cell Awareness Tank & Mast Cell Story Giveaway!

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Thank you to everyone who participated in the Mast Cell Research ‘Team Taylor/Mast Cell Awareness Tank & Mast Cell Story Giveaway!’ We are excited to announce that our winner, chosen at random, is Karen Smith- Will! Karen’s story ‘Twenty Minutes’ is shared below. “I coughed before the first song. That doesn’t bode well. Not surprising, but […]