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LeeAnne suffers with dizziness that isn’t vertigo.

After my third cruise, I never got my land legs back. I saw my family doctor and explained my symptoms to him and he referred me to two neurologists; one said it was an ongoing migraine and the other said vertigo.

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Russ’ Busy Day at the Lake

I had just spent the 2016 Memorial Day weekend on my parent’s boat and dock. After leaving the lake, we stopped at a favorite eatery. I finally sat down for the first time and felt “it.” I looked at my wife and asked, “Does the floor feel like it’s moving?”

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Picture Perfect

After a day of flying and going up 107 stories to a restaurant in the sky, I felt a panic I had never felt before. It felt like I was walking on a bouncing floor.

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Submit Your MdDS Story

MdDS is an invisible illness but that doesn’t mean you are. Share your experiences with others and tell your story.

Before accepting your story for publication to our website, we require a short draft emphasizing the main point of your narrative in an e-mail to connect@mddsfoundation.org. Provide a working title for your piece in the subject line of your email. A Board Member will review and let you know if we’d like to see the full narrative. Note that a request for your full narrative is not a guarantee of publication. The following guidelines are designed to help you write your story.

Submission Guidelines

Guidelines for Submitting Your “Faces of MdDS” Story

Include only information that you feel would be helpful to medical professionals or others living with the disorder. For example, people may want to know:

  • What were the precipitating event(s) or the circumstances prior to onset?
  • Were you misdiagnosed? How difficult was it for you to get an MdDS diagnosis?
  • What treatments or therapies have you tried? How did they affect you? Please note that medication dosages will be redacted so the information cannot be misconstrued as medical advice. If you participated in a clinical trial, your outcome or experiences as a study participant cannot be shared. 
  • How does MdDS affect your life, family life, employment, and activities?
  • What or who have you found helpful?

The Foundation strives to show the MdDS community that there is hope. Keep your story generally positive. If you are feeling down, please share in our online groups to get the support you need. You are not alone.

The overall length of your story should be between 800 and 1,500 words. Longer essays will not be published, as the excessive scrolling is problematic for those with visual sensitivity. This online tool will help you know your word count. https://wordcounter.io/

Links to other websites may be removed; phone numbers, email addresses, and medication dosages will be removed. The Foundation reserves the right to edit for grammar, story flow, and other reasons but will not alter your story’s intent.

Including a high-resolution picture, preferably in horizontal format, of yourself or something meaningful to the narrative is optional.

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