I am a Zebra.

I am a zebra. Not something you hear everyday. A zebra is someone who "suffers" from a rare disorder. I put suffers in quotes because I don't like to think that I am suffering from anything. I am surviving and I happen to be surviving with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome. Try saying that 3 times fast. I sure can't. EDS, as we like to call it, is a connective tissue disorder that causes me to dislocate and have other heath issues. So why zebra? Well think about it, if you hear the sound of hooves you will automatically think of a horse but horses are not the only animal with hooves. Zebras exist and make the same noise. When a patient with EDS is seen by medical professionals, the doctors tend to think of the simple or common answers even though there are zebras that have more rare explainations for their ailments. I know it seems crazy to find the term zebra comforting but as a EDS Surviver it is nice having a term that perfectly discribes us. So I can say, I am proud to be a zebra.

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