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Anjelena’s Story (EDS)

Anjelena's Story (Spondylolisthesis)I woke up one morning when I was 18 and could NOT walk. I was rushed to the hospital where they diagnosed me with spondylolisthesis, and said I was born with it. When I was 31, I ended up in a wheel chair when my vertebrae collapsed side by side impinging the nerves to my feet and my legs. I had to have surgery in order to walk again. However, that was NOT guaranteed and I do have permanent nerve damage.

I have also been diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (because of this syndrome). I can sprain my neck while I am sleeping, or I can sprain my ankle walking on a flat surface. I have fibromyalgia (although one of my levels for RA is high). I love the way they generalize this one. I also have acute bronchitis, and knee cap dysplasia in both knees, in which I have had surgery for.

Of course I have had bouts of depression, anxiety and insomnia since the onset of all of this. I was divorced about 5 years ago. I have 3 kid’s all over 16 years old. I went on a date with someone I met online for lunch. He drugged me with what the doctors think was rufilin laced with cocaine. This caused me to become catatonic and I was put on anti-psychotic medications for 3 months. I am now past that, but it has NOT been easy with the medical problems I face. I fight like a girl EVERY DAY and WILL continue too.

Submitted 12-9-2012

This story is intended to convey a personal experience and, because every person’s experience is unique, should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional healthcare advice.

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  1. Anjelena

    ADDENDUM I was diagnosed with Stage II Invasive Ductal breast cancer on 5-8-13 I have since started my Cancer Journey. STILL FIGHTING LIKE A GIRL

  2. Stephani Robison

    I was diagnosed with Spondylolisthesis December of 2014 and I’m fighting it like a girl everyday.

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