Participant Page: MISSION 4D: Deactivate, Delete, and Destroy Dizziness

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MISSION 4D: Deactivate, Delete, and Destroy Dizziness
My Story
The purpose of the Balance Awareness Week campaign is to help decrease the time it takes for someone with a vestibular disorder to receive a correct diagnosis and appropriate treatment. In order to achieve this goal it is critical that people suffering from this disorder be able to recognize symptoms and know how to seek proper diagnosis and treatment. Furthermore, the family and friends of those with vestibular disorders need to understand the complexity of this illness. It's imperative that we work together to improve the lives of people suffering from a balance disorder.

January 21, 2011 was the day David Leslie Keizer was born. It was also the beginning of my experience with a vestibular disorder. I could barely rock my newborn baby. I could not bend over to change his diaper. I could not turn a corner or walk down the aisle of a grocery store without feeling this persistent discomfort. I just wanted to be a good mother and felt like a complete failure.

I was dizzy - ALL THE TIME. I went to doctors for months and begged for answers. I was told it was "in my head". I was told that I was depressed or anxious and that I needed to "relax" or get some sleep by doctors and my loved ones. But deep down inside I knew something was wrong. I was able to find help thanks to the Vestibular Disorders Association (VEDA) website.

But some people might not be so lucky and I want to change that.

I barely remember the first 6 months of my sons life but, thanks to VEDA, I have been able to raise my son and continue living a more comfortable life.

Please support me. I will be providing information on this disorder.

Just read.

Just understand.

Just care.


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