When You Love Someone With Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome

The Mighty is a sight dedicated to giving a platform to those with disabilities, diseases, and mental illness. 

January 12th, 2016 Postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS), a form of dysautonomia, is a chronic illness that affects more people than multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease and causes quality of life analogous to congestive heart failure. Yet it is incredibly unknown and chronically misdiagnosed as anxiety or “all in the patient’s head.”

Here are some ways to help someone you love with POTS:

We feel a lot. A lot of the time we may be struggling with guilt, depression or other various stages of dysautonomia...


I Haven't Weighed Myself in Eight Years

Image from Love Our Bodies Facebook page

Image from Love Our Bodies Facebook page

Love Our Bodies, Love Ourselves is a non-profit organization created by the Provincial Eating Disorders Awareness Campaign (PEDAW). I have seen, followed, and interacted with a number of groups dedicated to raising awareness of eating disorders, as well as promoting body confidence and acceptance. While they are all fantastic, I have been truly impressed by the Love Our Bodies movement and I was honored to write a blog post for them! - s.e.c (Check out their Facebook & Twitter)

 

July 15th, 2015 - I haven't weighed myself in eight years.

I have stepped onto scales at my doctor's office, but I always request they never tell me my weight. I leave it to them to monitorit and make sure I stay within a healthy range and, other than that, my old scale is just a piece of crap sitting in my closet.

I like it that way...


17 Stories of Eating Disorder Survival

Jenny Chang/Buzzfeed

Jenny Chang/Buzzfeed

I was fortunate enough to contribute to a Buzzfeed article with 16 other individuals who also survived an eating disorder. The stories collected are a powerful depiction of how vast and extensive eating disorders are, and how they do not discriminate among gender, age, social status, body-size, etc.  - s.e.c
 

February 25th, 2015 - There was no real moment when my recovery began. Where I said, “I’ve decided to get better” or could magically shut off the voice in my head...