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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.