Katy DeCoursey

Katy DeCoursey

Katy’s husband, Mike, and her son were diagnosed with VEDS in 2020. In this episode, Katy shares her perspective as a spouse and a mom of loved ones with this condition. These episode show notes will be updated with a link to the kids book, “Wonderfully Made,” once it is available on Kindle. Find more …

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Kelly Gann

Kelly Gann

In today’s episode, we’re going to talk to Kelly Gann, who was diagnosed with VEDS in 2009, when she was in Physician Assistant (PA) school. Kelly shares how she coped with that diagnosis, how her life has changed since then, and how her experience has changed now that her sister, Cristy, has also been diagnosed. …

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Tyler Farley

Tyler Farley

In today’s episode, we’re going to talk to Tyler Farley, who was diagnosed with VEDS following a bowel perforation when he was 17. The VEDS diagnosis explained many things for Tyler, including the early death of his father, but also was a really challenging diagnosis to get when he was about to go into college. …

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Samantha Arche

Samantha Arche

In today’s episode, we’re going to talk to Samantha Arche, who was diagnosed with VEDS following a uterine rupture during the delivery of her second child. Samantha was concerned that she might have VEDS prior to this, but struggled to get genetic testing. In the episode I mentioned the prior interview with Meg Boeglin, which …

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Cristy Gann

Cristy Gann

Cristy Gann was diagnosed with VEDS after her son Hunter died of an aortic dissection last year, in September of 2021. Hunter was only 14 years old. In this interview, Cristy shares what happened to Hunter, signs of VEDS that were missed in both her and Hunter, and how she is handling her own diagnosis. …

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Follow-up with Jeremias Tays

Follow-up with Jeremias Tays

In today’s episode, we’re going to touch base with Jeremias Tays, who was on the podcast back in 2019. He’s going to share his experience and insights over the last three years, as well as his experience with a bowel perforation that occurred in November 2021. The original interview with Jeremias in 2019 can be …

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Sarah Fulop

Sarah Fulop

Sarah Fulop was diagnosed with VEDS, or vascular Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, after her sister died from complications following a pregnancy. Her brother also died of an aortic dissection at age 15, when she was about 3 years old. While her family is in some ways the textbook case of VEDS, they inherited the condition through a …

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Trailer: Season 4

Trailer: Season 4

This season we are going to talk to 7 members of our community about their stories and experiences with VEDS. We’ll hear from several people who have a VEDS diagnosis themselves, including a mom who lost her son to VEDS last year, as well as a spouse and mom of people with VEDS. We also …

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Dr. Shaine Morris

Dr. Shaine Morris

Dr. Shaine Morris, pediatric cardiologist and researcher at Texas Children’s Hospital, and advocate for our VEDS community, shares how she got involved with the VEDS community and talks about her current research, the CLARITY registry. To enroll or get more information about the CLARITY study mentioned in this podcast, email Shaine’s research coordinator, Nadia, at …

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Charlene Terrell-Newman and Luke

Charlene Terrell-Newman and Luke

Charlene’s son, Luke, was diagnosed with Vascular Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (VEDS) at the age of 4, after persistent issues with bruising and bleeding led to a hematologist and a diagnosis of Von Willebrand’s at 2 years old, and then later, a rheumatologist who sent him to a genetic counselor who recognized VEDS at 4 years old. …

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Dominick Corso

Dominick Corso

Dominick Corso was diagnosed with Vascular Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (VEDS) at the age of 44, after a sudden medical emergency that identified three aneurysms: two iliac artery aneurysms and an abdominal aortic aneurysm. This event led to his doctors suspecting a connective tissue condition and sending him to a geneticist who ultimately diagnosed him with VEDS. …

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Grace Ehrbar

Grace Ehrbar

Grace Ehrbar was diagnosed with Vascular Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, or VEDS, at 12 years old after a spontaneous bowel perforation. She is the only person in her family with VEDS. In this episode, Grace shares her experience with the bowel perforation when she was 12, as well as how her knowledge and attitude towards VEDS has …

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Otto Nitschmann

Otto Nitschmann

Otto Nitschmann was diagnosed with Vascular Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (VEDS) at the age of 30, after he experienced a sudden splenic artery rupture. This event, combined with his hypermobile joints and his dad’s early death from a brain aneurysm, led his rheumatologist to consider VEDS and order a genetic test. You can reach out to Otto …

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Heidi Green

Heidi Green

Heidi Green’s daughter, Isabella, was diagnosed with VEDS, or Vascular Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, in 2021 when she was 8 years old. For years Heidi asked her pediatrician about problems Isabella had, but was told these things were likely due to her being born premature. When she pushed for genetic testing in 2021, she finally got the …

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Christopher Underwood

Christopher Underwood

Christopher Underwood was diagnosed with VEDS at the age of 52, after surviving an aortic dissection and complications following the dissection, including the amputation of the front half of both of his feet. His mother died of an aortic dissection at the age of 82, and his cardiologist recommended he get tested for VEDS. In …

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Karen DeCoursey

Karen DeCoursey

Karen DeCoursey was diagnosed with VEDS following her brother, Mike’s, diagnosis in 2017. For Karen, the diagnosis offered answers for many unanswered medical questions in her life, as well as the answer for her father’s death at the age of 49. In this episode, Karen talks about what she went through before and after her …

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Jonathan Kile

Jonathan Kile

Jonathan Kile was diagnosed with VEDS in 2016 following a series of life-threatening emergencies, including an iliac artery rupture and an aortic dissection. His diagnosis at the age of 42 also offered an explanation for his mother’s early death when he was 5 years old. In this episode, Jon talks about what he survived, how …

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Lise Voje-Johanson

Lise Voje-Johanson

Lise Voje-Johanson’s daughter, Karna, was diagnosed with Vascular Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (VEDS) when she was 8 years old in 2019, after her father, Trond, was diagnosed. Lise shares her experience getting and coping with Karna’s diagnosis, as well as information about the medical system in Norway. This podcast episode is dedicated to Trond, who lost his …

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Dr. Melissa Russo

Dr. Melissa Russo

Dr. Melissa Russo is a maternal fetal-medicine specialist, clinical geneticist, and researcher in our VEDS community. In this episode, Melissa shares how she got involved, what she’s working on in research, what inspires her, and her personal experience losing a friend to VEDS. Melissa is pursuing additional research collaborations with Dr. Bart Loeys in Europe, …

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Ashley Rose Marisch

Ashley Rose Marisch

Ashley Rose Marisch was diagnosed with VEDS, or Vascular Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, in 2017, after previously being diagnosed with FMD, or fibromuscular dysplasia. Her sister, Allyson Jane, ultimately continued researching their family’s experience and history and pushed for the genetic testing for VEDS that led to Ashley Rose, Allyson Jane, and their mother, Dawn, to be …

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Lyndell Fraser

Lyndell Fraser

Lyndell Fraser was diagnosed with VEDS, or Vascular Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, in 2008 following a carotid artery dissection and major stroke. His mother passed away prior to his diagnosis due to complications from the September 11 world trade center attacks, but both Lyndell and his mom showed signs of VEDS prior to his dissection and stroke. …

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Mike DeCoursey

Mike DeCoursey

Mike DeCoursey was diagnosed with VEDS, or Vascular Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, in 2016 following the diagnosis of his son. The diagnosis came with an explanation for his father’s death at the age of 49 to a ruptured aortic aneurysm- something he had been told did not have a genetic cause. You can read more about his …

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Cathy Bowen (Dave’s Mom)

Cathy Bowen (Dave’s Mom)

Cathy Bowen tells us about her son, David Daniel Bowen III, and the colostomy reversal that ultimately took his life in 1996 at the age of 14, due to medical mismanagement and the hospital’s lack of knowledge about Vascular Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (VEDS). Dave’s death left Cathy an empty shell, and she dealt with his loss …

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Erik

Erik

Erik was diagnosed with VEDS (Vascular Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome) four years ago at the age of 43, after a spontaneous renal artery dissection that occurred while he was at work. He talks about how he got to his diagnosis, ways his life has changed since, and how he stays positive. Erik’s family runs an annual chili …

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Rebecca

Rebecca

Rebecca was diagnosed with VEDS (Vascular Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome) in 2016, when she moved to Boston and met doctors who immediately put her medical history together- a history of a renal artery dissection, and two coronary artery dissections, one of which caused cardiac arrest, in an otherwise healthy young woman. In this episode, Rebecca shares her …

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Dawn S.

Dawn S.

Dawn was diagnosed with VEDS in 2009, and is now 62 years old. Even though her mom passed away at 38 from an aortic rupture when Dawn was just 8 years old, it wasn’t until after a spontaneous rectal hematoma when she was 51 that her team was able to put the pieces together. In …

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Matthew

Matthew

Matthew was diagnosed with Vascular Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (VEDS) in 2020, when after years of struggling to get answers, he came across characteristics of VEDS, including sleeping with his eyes open, on The VEDS Movement website in early 2020. Knowing he had so many of the characteristics, and previously had been dismissed by a geneticist, he …

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Melinda and Nataleigh

Melinda and Nataleigh

Melinda’s 11 year-old daughter, Nataleigh, was diagnosed with VEDS, or Vascular Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, after 8 1/2 years of medical issues that finally led to a genetics appointment. At first, she was diagnosed with hypermobile EDS, but Melinda pushed for a genetic test to rule out VEDS and she unexpectedly came back positive. Melinda shares what …

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Morgan and Cameron

Morgan and Cameron

Morgan’s son, Cameron, was diagnosed in July 2019 with Vascular Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (VEDS), at 10 years old. This diagnosis came after Morgan continued to press for answers several years after his father, Mike, passed away from a sudden aortic dissection. Morgan shares how they’ve coped with the diagnosis, as well as the advocacy work she …

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Patrick

Patrick

Patrick was diagnosed with Vascular Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (VEDS) earlier this year by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) at 54 years of age following whole exam sequencing. With a history of bowel complications and perforations, as well as two other rare conditions, Patrick was grateful to be welcomed by the VEDS community when he was …

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Danjela

Danjela

Danjela received her diagnosis of Vascular Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, or VEDS, just two months prior to the recording of this podcast. After her mom suddenly died of an aortic rupture, Danjela started researching and discovered Vascular EDS. She pushed her doctors for genetic testing, which took a couple months of convincing, but her test results came …

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Erica

Erica

Erica was diagnosed with Vascular Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, or VEDS, about eight and half years ago after a series of life-threatening medical events and the birth of her son, Reed. She discusses her colon ruptures, uterine rupture, and the discovery of 5 aneurysms that finally led to her diagnosis of VEDS. She talks about how her …

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Daniel

Daniel

Daniel was diagnosed with VEDS (Vascular Ehlers-Danlos syndrome) in January 2020, after an emergency surgery for an abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) in October 2019. The AAA and other complications during and after the surgery led the vascular surgeon to believe Daniel had an underlying connective tissue condition. He saw a geneticist shortly after this emergency …

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Emma

Emma

Emma was diagnosed with VEDS when she was 20 years old, not long after losing her brother and father to VEDS in the same year. She grew up knowing that VEDS was in her family; seven people, including her, have now been diagnosed. With the decision to be genetically tested left up to her, it …

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Karly and Chase

Karly and Chase

Karly’s son Chase was diagnosed with Vascular Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (VEDS) three years ago at 2 years old. Chase had experienced several broken bones with minimal injury, and originally the physicians were concerned he might have Osteogenesis Imperfecta. Karly shares her experience getting the diagnosis of VEDS and what that meant for Chase’s future. Since then, …

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Lucy

Lucy

Lucy was diagnosed with Vascular Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (VEDS) after a close call with death; a ruptured splenic artery. She was lucky to survive, and during that event the surgeons also found several other aneurysms in her body. She received genetic confirmation of VEDS 8 months later. One of her daughters, Zaria, who is now 8 …

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Mariah

Mariah

Mariah was diagnosed with VEDS (Vascular Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome) after a OBGYN recommended she look into it following a hysterectomy. Previously, a CT had revealed an abdominal aortic aneurysm, ileac dissections and a renal dissection after her appendix ruptured, but her doctor did not think it was anything congenital. When she later received the genetic confirmation …

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Megan

Megan

Megan’s brother suddenly passed away at the age of 39 years old in January of 2018. Her and her father found out later that he passed from an aortic dissection, and the coroner recommended that family members make sure it wasn’t due to a genetic condition. After finding out that she also had an aortic …

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Patrick and Jessica (Coggins) Westmoreland

Patrick and Jessica (Coggins) Westmoreland

Jessica (Coggins) Westmoreland passed suddenly from complications due to VEDS in September 2019 at the age of 27 years old. Patrick Westmoreland, her husband, shares their story and the legacy she left behind in this special episode. Jess was a bright light for those around her, and a force to be reckoned with. Thank you, …

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Jenny

Jenny

Jenny was diagnosed with VEDS (Vascular Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome) in January 2019 after finding out she had several dissections in her vertebral and carotid arteries. Even then, her doctors did not suspect VEDS and she was shocked when her genetic test came back positive. She explains in this episode how her diagnosis explained some of the …

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The Movement

The Movement

As some of you might know, in October 2019 I started working for The Marfan Foundation full-time as the Director of The VEDS Movement. I have been thinking a lot about the last three years since diagnosis- where I was then, and where I am now. What an amazing journey it has been. When I was …

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Meg, Zoe, and Izaak

Meg, Zoe, and Izaak

Meg shares her diagnosis story with Vascular Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (VEDS), and talks about how it has impacted her perspective on life and parenting, and career as a nurse. She was diagnosed with VEDS 9 years after a life-threatening maxillary artery aneurysm. Following her diagnosis, her daughter Zoe was diagnosed and she became pregnant with her …

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Bradley

Bradley

Bradley was diagnosed with VEDS (Vascular Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome) a day before his 47th birthday, and a few years after his younger brother passed from an aortic aneurysm. Just a month after his diagnosis with VEDS, he himself suffered an aortic dissection and survived, despite the odds! Bradley has been through so much since diagnosis, and …

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Joy (Katie’s mom)

Joy (Katie’s mom)

This is a special episode where I talk to my mom about the medical mysteries when I was growing up, and how it felt when we finally got the diagnosis of Vascular Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (vEDS) at the age of 28 years old. The beginning of this episode really focuses on the medical aspects of me …

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Heather

Heather

Heather was diagnosed with vEDS after several back-to-back medical events in 2015, including a kidney infarction and a carotid cavernous fistula. She had also previously had a colon rupture and an early delivery of her son. Luckily, an ER doc from Paris noticed the signs of vEDS during an emergency room visit. She had complications …

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Abby and Jon

Abby and Jon

Abby’s son, Jon, was diagnosed several years ago with vEDS at the age of 2. He had been to 7 different doctors by the time Abby pushed for a genetic consult, and even then, the first geneticist said there was nothing wrong. Jon would get bruises just from a diaper change, and had a lot …

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Jeremias, Miles and Henry

Jeremias, Miles and Henry

Jeremias was diagnosed with vEDS after they got the diagnosis for Miles, one of his three children who is now 9 years old. One of his other kids, Henry, was also diagnosed at that time. If his wife, Rachel, had not pushed for a diagnosis, they likely would not have the answers they have today. …

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Dr. Sherene Shalhub

Dr. Sherene Shalhub

Sherene Shalhub is a vascular surgeon who has been working with patients with Vascular Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (vEDS) alongside Dr. Peter Byers, who was also featured in a special episode of Staying Connected last month. Sherene took some time during our weekend at the Marfan Foundation Annual Conference to talk to me about her story and …

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Jennifer and Cade

Jennifer and Cade

Jennifer’s son Cade was diagnosed with vEDS (Vascular Ehlers Danlos Syndrome) at 14 years old as an incidental finding following exome sequencing for autism. Jennifer had not heard of vEDS prior to the call from the genetic counselor, but had previously had Cade evaluated for Marfan Syndrome (for which he tested negative). Cade is now …

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Dr. Peter Byers

Dr. Peter Byers

Dr. Peter Byers has been an integral part of the Vascular EDS (VEDS) community since the 1970s, and has become part of the family to many of those affected by vEDS. In this special episode, Peter shares his history with vEDS and excitement for progress for the community that is happening now. This episode was …

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Chris

Chris

Chris was diagnosed in 1995 with Vascular Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome following his father’s passing. Chris was 22 when he lost his dad and found out he had vEDS. He is now 46 years old and has had two major knee surgeries, a ministroke (transient ischemic attack, or TIA), a fistula, multiple vein ruptures, and lives with …

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Kristi

Kristi

Kristi was diagnosed with vEDS after her father died when she was 5 years old. She is now 45 and has had several complications, including a colon rupture. She has also had to learn to stand up for herself with doctors- a struggle many of us can relate to! Find more information about VEDS, including …

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Bella

Bella

Bella wanted to do this special episode for #Reds4VEDS Day this year! She was diagnosed with vEDS (Vascular Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome) when she was 10 years old and is now 25. Recently, she had a seizure and dislocated both of her shoulders and suffered fractures as well from the seizure. She’s also had bowel and other …

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Lynley

Lynley

Lynley is 21 years old and was diagnosed with vEDS (Vascular Ehlers Danlos Syndrome) following a lung collapse, or pneumothorax. Her dad also had vEDS, which was a clue in for the diagnosis. She tells us her story with vEDS and various issues she has had over the years, including a retina detachment, and how …

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Sarah and Andrew

Sarah and Andrew

Sarah shares her 5 year old son Andrew’s diagnosis story, and challenges along the way. In this episode we also briefly talked about variances in outcomes with vEDS (Vascular Ehlers Danlos Syndrome) depending on mutation type. The video by Dr. Byers explaining the mutation types is here on youtube: https://youtu.be/ZVnWiNR6bdY Find more information about VEDS, …

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Ed

Ed

Ed wasn’t diagnosed with vEDS (Vascular Ehlers Danlos Syndrome) until after he survived open heart surgery. Like many, the diagnosis brought answers to his life, but also came with many challenges. If you like this podcast and want to hear more, be sure to subscribe! Find more information about VEDS, including support groups and medical …

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My Story

My Story

As a twist, in this episode my friend Becca asks me about my story! If you want to check out what I’ve been up to, you can find a link to my youtube youtube.com/translucentone Don’t forget to subscribe to this podcast to hear more patient stories with Vascular Ehlers Danlos Syndrome! If you would like …

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Reflection

Reflection

I have Vascular Ehlers Danlos Syndrome.  It is something I have said many times since my diagnosis almost two years ago. I have Vascular Ehlers Danlos Syndrome.  Whether I am telling a new friend, a doctor, or an emergency responder, the responses I get are typical. “How do you spell that?” “What is that?” “Got …

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Emily

Emily

Emily was diagnosed with Vascular Ehlers Danlos Syndrome (vEDS) after a misdiagnosis of Classical EDS and the passing of her mother, who also had vEDS and was not properly diagnosed. Emily still finds joy in music, and continues to play for her mom. <3 If you would like to share your story with VEDS on …

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Chrystal

Chrystal

Chrystal was diagnosed with Vascular Ehlers Danlos Syndrome (vEDS) along with her mother and brother. She has survived a pregnancy and is the last surviving member of her family who has vEDS. She was an inspiring person to talk to! <3 If you would like to share your story with VEDS on this podcast, reach …

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Brook

Brook

Brook had years of complications that pointed towards vEDS, or Vascular Ehlers Danlos Syndrome, but it wasn’t until his 40s that he was finally diagnosed. He has been through so much and his story is inspirational! Stay tuned for more episodes on the last Sunday of every month!  

Carla

Carla

Carla and her daughter Effie were diagnosed with vEDS after Effie was put into foster care for suspected abuse. It wasn’t until Effie and Carla got diagnosed with vEDS that Carla and her husband were able to get her back. If you would like to share your story with VEDS on this podcast, reach out …

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Aaron

Aaron

Aaron is 33 and was diagnosed a year and a half ago with vascular Ehlers Danlos Syndrome (vEDS). He tells us his story of diagnosis and events that he has experienced so far. He also tells us about his father’s story with vEDS, which was undiagnosed when he passed away two years ago. This interview …

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Annie

Annie

In this episode I talk to Annie, who was diagnosed clinically with vEDS at 8 years old and officially diagnosed at 14. Annie is the first person I have met in person with vEDS and she is amazing! It is such a gift to be able to get to know her If you would like to …

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Shannon

Shannon

Today I talk to Shannon, who was diagnosed with both the vascular and classical types of Ehlers Danlos Syndrome. She is just shy of 32 years old and has lived through 32 surgeries related to complications from EDS! If you would like to share your story with VEDS on this podcast, reach out to me …

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Deborah and Soren

Deborah and Soren

In this episode I talk to Deborah, whose 9 year old son was diagnosed with Vascular Ehlers Danlos Syndrome (vEDS) at the age of five. We hear about the road to diagnosis, changes they’ve made to his daily life, and coping strategies. To learn more about Deborah’s books and to get one, visit http://www.amazon.com/author/daroach  

Elastosis Perfa…what?

Elastosis Perfa…what?

Elastosis Perforans Serpiginosa. The three words that a dermatologist used to describe the ring-worm-looking thing on my arm that I had struggled with for a over a year. And the first three words I was given that gave an on-paper clue to my Vascular Ehlers Danlos Syndrome (vEDS). This had shown up on my arm …

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Bridgette

Bridgette

Welcome to the first episode of Staying Connected! I started Staying Connected as way to connect with other people diagnosed or impacted by vascular Ehlers Danlos Syndrome (vEDS). In today’s episode, I talk to Bridgette, who was diagnosed in her early twenties following an angiogram that went terribly wrong. She needed twelve surgeries to save …

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Thin Skinned

Thin Skinned

I should start this story by telling you I have a cat. A very anxious cat.  Last year my apartment needed him out of the unit to do some work on the pipes. So I had him boarded for a few days while they did the work. He was not happy. After the project was …

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“You are your best advocate.”

“You are your best advocate.”

I have heard this phrase many times in my life. Variations of the phrase. “You are your best advocate.” “The answer is always no until you ask.” “Ask for what you need.” During my struggle for a diagnosis I truly learned how to live by these adages. Prior to my neck injury in 2016 I didn’t …

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Willis

Willis

In the fall of 2017, I was sitting in the ER waiting to find out if I had a dissected artery. A sudden increase in pain levels in my neck made it imperative to rule out a dissection. My new vascular surgeon had recently discovered my pseudo-aneurysm in my left internal carotid artery, and I …

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The Diagnosis

The Diagnosis

In January of 2017, I was sitting with my brother over lunch and updating him on my medical situation. I had been living through a year of severe neck pain that came on suddenly one morning in 2016. My doctor diagnosed it as a muscle strain, but it wouldn’t get better. I was on a …

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