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My Story
Balance Awareness Week is incredibly important as it represents numerous issues and diseases that can cause major disability to those with them.

When I was a senior in high school, I started having symptoms such as dizziness, nausea, and ringing in my ear. Throughout the years that I was having these symptoms, I saw several doctors including a cardiologist, and neurologist who ran numerous tests. All the tests would come back as normal. Eventually I was sent to an ENT. The ENT had several tests run including videonystagmography, hearing test, and ECOG. The tests revealed that I had sensorineural deficiencies in my right ear that were consistent with Meniere's Disease. However, I am only 21 years old and most people are older when diagnosed. I was referred to a neurotologist in the same practice who confirmed the Meniere's Disease.

Despite having this disease, I have managed pretty well. Currently, it is treated with low-sodium, low-caffeine diet and diuretics. Occasionally during attacks I also take "dizzy" medicine that helps to stop the attack. I am currently a senior in college about to graduate from Nursing School (BSN).

My goal is mostly to raise awareness of this and other vestibular disorders in hopes that people who suffer from these issues can get help whether that be faster diagnoses, new treatments, or even just more support from others.

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