Participant Page: Katie's Turtle Crawlers

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$ 232.00
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Katie's Turtle Crawlers
My Story
Balance Awareness Week is an opportunity to educate people about my vestibular disorder and bring awareness to others about how vestibular disorders can change your life.

Three years ago, my life changed forever.  I didn't feel quite right and I was very tired.  After a few days, I started to feel dizzy every time I turned my head.  I finally went to the doctor who told me that I probably had labyrinthitis and would feel better in a few days.  The following week, I followed up with an ENT who told me I had vestibular neuritis, and it would probably last a month.  I couldn't drive, work, or even stand long enough to cook some eggs.  Taking a shower was so terrifying that I would not do it unless my husband was home.

After 9 months of physical therapy and every medical test known to man, I have to realize that I am only going to get so much better.  I can drive limited distances now and I work part-time, but it leaves me extremely fatigued.  I can no longer read books, or even very long articles.  I confuse easily, and I never know how I am going to feel from day to day.

The Vestibular Disorders Association (VEDA) has been instrumental in helping me through my inner ear disorder.  I have used their materials (which are offered free of charge, even to non-members) to help educate my doctors, employers, and everyone else about what is wrong with me.  They have been so supportive of me while I try to acclimate to my new "normal."   They have helped me feel less crazy when something weird happens inside my head.

Balance Awareness Week is a great opportunity to give back to the organization that has given me so much.  Please help me by supporting them during this fundraising effort--either through a direct donation to my page or through registering for the Dizzy Dash Virtual 5k.  I will be walking my Dizzy Dash this September for those who can't, and for myself--without the support of my health care team and VEDA, walking a 5k all at once would no longer be possible for me.


This Page is 23rd out of the 63 fundraisers taking part in event.
Daniel, Stacey, & Pups has donated $ 52.00

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