July 25, 2018

My family and I love to travel. When I was a kid, we'd go on a "big trip" every 2nd year, and a "small trip" every year. In the past couple of years, my Mom's been to multiple continents, while my younger brother has lived out of a van in New Zealand and went backpacking across Peru. I, on the other hand, became terrified of travelling when I developed POTS in January 2014. Just the thought of being in a foreign country, without the security of medical insurance, doctors who know my conditions, and barometric pressure I'm used to was enough to make me panic. POTS turned me into a 21-year-old woman who, af...

July 20, 2018

Part 6 brings us to 2016! Thank you to everyone who has been following along as I’ve shared my journey with POTS. If you haven’t already, check out part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4, and part 5 of my journey with POTS! 

I concluded part 5 of my POTS journey by talking about how I moved back into my apartment, how I was developing new symptoms, and was decompressing from PTSD. I concluded sharing my experiences that took place in 2014-2015, and today I’ll be talking about 2016 and 2017.

At the end of 2015 and beginning of 2016, I started volunteering at my Church. The opportunities came up naturally and it was...

July 12, 2018

Thank you to all of you who have been reading my POTS story! In January 2014 I developed POTS and became bedridden and housebound. I am sharing my story to share what's worked for me, what hasn't, and to provide some hope. If you haven't already, you can read parts one, two, three, and four of my POTS journey on this blog.

In part 4 of my POTS story I concluded by talking about the best decision I ever made: to start my own "exercise program." I had become really deconditioned and had a lot of muscle atrophy from being bedridden that was adding to my already debilitating symptoms. Looking back, this moment...

July 4, 2018

I have wanted to write out my POTS story from start to, well, today, for a long time. I wrote out parts one, two, and three in the past but the momentum stopped for a couple of reasons. For one, writing out part three of my POTS story was really hard because of how much trauma it included. In addition to that, I've also realized that I've forgotten a lot of the important details over the years. The other day I thought I had developed POTS at 19 years old but a Facebook memory reminded me that I was actually 20 at the time. All the years have merged together and I have forgotten the small details. I wanted...

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