Category: ileac dissection



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 of VEDS, it explained many things about her body that she struggled with throughout the years.

Mariah shares in this episode some of her medical story, but really focuses on the emotional aspects of living with VEDS. She also talks about some of the body hate she has experienced over the years.

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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 dissection and ileac dissections, she got a blood test and was confirmed to have VEDS (Vascular Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome) in June of 2018. Her children were tested, and her son was also confirmed to have VEDS. Now she knows her brother and mother likely also had the condition.

Megan shares how the diagnosis explained some things about her body, as well as how she copes with the diagnosis for herself and her son.

Thank you, Megan for sharing your story!

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If you would like to share your story with VEDS on this podcast, reach out to me here. I look forward to hearing from you!