save the date! May 17-23, 2020
The coronavirus has impacted us all, and many vestibular patients are particularly affected. Please help us raise awareness about these invisible chronic illnesses and take a step forward in our efforts to make vestibular visible.
Steps-2-Balance (S2B) is the Vestibular Disorder Association’s (VeDA) annual call to all those living with a vestibular condition, their family, friends, and healthcare professionals, to challenge themselves in taking a step forward on their journey back to balance. From May 17-23, 2020, VeDA is invites you to set a personal goal, and encourages you to organize a virtual activity to achieve it. While many vestibular patients are restricted in their everyday mobility, we also know that many forms of exercise or movement can help patients improve their balance. So regardless of where you are on your personal road to recovery, we hope you can find an opportunity to take a “step” forward and participate in Steps-2-Balance.
- Meet S2B Ambassador - Kevin Roux
- How does S2B work?
- Who can participate?
- Where does it take place?
- Why should I participate?
- Download an S2B poster (png, pdf)
- Download the S2B Logo
- Download toolkits: patients, healthcare professionals, caregivers
For Many, Living With a Vestibular Condition Is a Daily Obstacle Course.
Each day we rise to the challenge of adapting our lifestyle to regain greater control and balance in our lives. There are good days and bad days on this journey no one expected to take. But every step forward in mastering this new
“Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible.” – Tony Robbins
And like all journeys, we will hit road bumps along the way as new challenges present themselves. Sometimes it feels like for every two steps forward there’s a step backward. While frustrating, these momentary regressions are simply new obstacles to overcome. New lines in the sand to eventually leap over. As we’ve done before, we push ourselves to take one more step forward—walking, running, dancing, climbing, or stretching a little further. Because what matters isn’t how far we go, it’s that we keep crossing new milestones on the path toward a life rebalanced.
Kevin suffered a serious concussion while playing high school football. “My life changed in a way I could have never foreseen or imagined,” says Kevin. Over the course of ten years he went to countless doctors and specialists trying to find answers. Finally, Kevin found Cerebrum Health Center in Atlanta, Georgia, where he received treatment in functional neurology. Today, Kevin works for Better Brain and Body, helping patients who, like him, have suffered with daily, debilitating symptoms from brain injury and other neurological issues.
- Identify a personal balance-related goal or challenge
- Self-organize an activity or goal and work towards reaching your goal between May 17-23, 2020
- Set a personal fundraising goal
- Invite others to join in your activity and to support VeDA
- Document and share your Steps-2-Balance experience with VeDA and your friends and family via email and/or social media
Anyone with a vestibular condition, ideally inviting their friends, family, and/or co-workers to join them in participating in their chosen activity. Healthcare professionals are encouraged to organize a Steps-2-Balance pop-up event at their office, hospital, or within their community and invite their vestibular patients to
You decide where to take on your challenge. It could be in the privacy of your home, at work, or somewhere in the community (health office, park, community center, etc.)
On the road to recovery, it’s important to continue to challenge ourselves, and to gain a sense of accomplishment with the progress we make—even the small steps matter. And when we all take steps forward together, albeit in our own homes or neighborhoods, we grow our sense of shared community—that we’re not alone on this journey to regain balance. Steps-2-Balance also helps those around us better understand our challenges with balance and gain empathy along the way. By helping to raise funds, you’ll further VeDA’s mission, and continue to grow our community of support!
Purchase a Steps-2-Balance t-shirt, sweatshirt, mug and other merchandise. A portion of the proceeds benefit VeDA's patient education and support programs. Designs include "Take a Step Forward" and "Vestibular Warrior." You can also purchase our special edition "We Are Vesties" t-shirt. Let's stand together to raise awareness about these invisible chronic conditions!