My mom has an inner ear disorder that affects her balance and causes dizziness, tinnitus (ringing in the ears), and hearing loss. It's very hard for her to cope with these symptoms, so I'm trying to help by raising funds and awareness.
My mom (pictured here) has been having vertigo attacks since I was 15 years old (she says she's always been a "dizzy broad" - LOL). I remember the time the EMT's flooded into her bedroom at 2am because my dad was out of town and the room was spinning uncontrollably. The day after my wedding she had an attack and couldn't participate in any family social activities. Today she has to hold on to walls just to walk around her house. It's not fun.
Vestibular disorders affect not only your balance, they can take your hearing from you too. Mom's hearing is so bad she can barely hear people who are speaking directly to her, even with her hearing aids. Talking on the phone is virtually impossible, and attending social engagements is also challenging (too many people talking at once). We joke about what she thinks she heard verses what we actually said, but it's really no laughing matter.
Many vestibular patients, like my mom, suffer from depression and social isolation. Some can't leave their house. They may not look "sick," but they are suffering greatly.
I'm reaching out to anyone who has a mother, father, sister, brother, cousin, or friend with a vestibular disorder - we can help them by validating their experience, and raising awareness so that they don't feel so alone and misunderstood.
Please make a donation to my personal campaign page. You can also create your page to support your loved one.
P.S. Here's a great video that explains what it's like to have a vestibular disorder.