Participant Page: Mind Over Meniere's Balance Awareness Week Campaign 2017!
In 2011, four words changed my life forever:
"You have Meniere's disease."
The doctor looked at me, deadly serious.
"The vertigo, the dizziness, the hearing loss, the ringing and pressure in your ears- they're all symptoms of Meniere's disease."
I was stunned. I'd never heard of Meniere's disease, or any other vestibular disorder for that matter.
"It's a chronic inner ear disorder. There's no cure and we don't know what causes it. All we can do is try to improve your symptoms."
I was devastated. My quality of life had rapidly deteriorated over the past 6 months. The problem wasn't going away. The problem was suddenly very real and very permanent.
I was only 24 years old. And I thought my life was over.
But in the chaos and darkness that followed, I found the Vestibular Disorders Association, and started down a path that changed everything for me.
As result, I live a good life these days. I've found countless ways to cope and manage my symptoms. And I devote my time to helping others who are still suffering in confusion and despair.
But it all started with VEDA.
You see most people have never even heard of a vestibular disorder. It's a HUGE problem. Because vestibular disorders can completely destroy your quality of life.
There are not many organizations or resources that exist to help people like me who suffer from a devastating vestibular disorder.
But VEDA is here, fighting every single day to educate the people who are still suffering, like I was all those years ago, helping them find the help they need, while raising awareness so that more people can begin to understand what we deal with on a daily basis.
Years ago, I became a volunteer Ambassador to give back and support the organization that has given so much to me, and others like me, for more than 3 decades now.
Today, I ask that you support me and make a donation to the Vestibular Disorder's Association through my campaign for Balance Awareness Week 2017.
The goal of the Ambassador Board is to engage patients and professionals in raising awareness about vestibular disorders within their communities and among their social networks.
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