When Time Won’t Stand Still

Tom was convinced or was maybe convincing himself, that he did not have VEDS, couldn’t have VEDS. He had played football, did heavy lifting, worked outdoors climbing and lugging lumber, and never had anything go wrong. Additionally, he believed testing was worthless because there was no treatment, no cure. He figured having the diagnosis meant living life as a…

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Comfort at Camp

While having VEDS has been really scary, we’ve felt very lucky as well, to be a part of such a friendly and compassionate community. Every event we’ve been to through The VEDS Movement has been a great experience for our family. Zee, who is 6, has been able to form lasting friendships at camp. We’re happy he has friends…

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Two Back Packs

For years I carried two backpacks. One with my volleyball gear, and one with my supplies for school. Although the fashion statement was questionable, I wore them with pride because I believed it spoke to who I was, an athlete, a student, a hard worker, and the girl who could do it all. For years I carried two backpacks,…

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My Diagnosis Can Help Save Future Generations

I’ve been through so much in the past eight years, and I’m still here. I want to share my story to encourage others to listen to their bodies and not give up. Keep searching until you find the appropriate medical help for yourself and your family members. It started in 2011 when I began having major colon and stomach…

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My High Risk Pregnancy with VEDS

My story with Vascular Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (VEDS) began in 2007, after a maxillary artery emergency and a thoracic aneurysm left me with more questions and no answers. For nine years, I sought out several medical consultations, spent countless hours doing my own research, and ultimately found a supportive physician and colleague who referred my daughter and me for genetic…

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Learning to Live with VEDS

My name is Dan Sperry. I live in northern New Jersey. I have a beautiful wife named Melissa and an awesome son named DJ. In September of 2019, I brought myself to the hospital with intense pain in the middle of my abdomen, which I assumed was food poisoning.  It turned out that I had a saccular Abdominal Aortic…

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Coming to Terms with My VEDS Diagnosis

woman with short dark brown hair smiling in front of a purple birthday cake

My brother, Zach, was only 39 years old when he suddenly passed away from a severe, instant aortic dissection. It was fast and nothing could have been done to save him. I do take comfort in that. After his passing, the questions arose; “Why did a seemingly healthy, young guy pass away from something that typically happens to people…

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