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Mind Body EDS Charity Promo Video Launch!

🌟The official launch of @mindbodyeds Charity Promo Video! 🌟

Invisible illness is the very definition of hell. Ehlers-Danlos syndromes are a steep learning curve, and the only way in which to climb, is to have hope for what the future could bring. Because there simply is nothing else. There is no cure, yet.

In actively spreading education and awareness, the goal of our charity is to bring hope.
By providing financial grants and support to EDS sufferers, the goal of our charity is to bring relief.

Through supporting medical research, the goal of our charity is to bring resolution.
Mind Body EDS hopes to be ‘a gateway of hope’, to not just those of us with Ehlers-Danlos syndromes, but also for the future generations of zebras to come.

It’s time for us to be heard. It’s time for us to be believed. United, we stand together and ask you to join us in this battle together, making our invisible, visible 🦓💫🙌🏼

Make a true impact today by donating to our Virgin Money Giving London Marathon 2019 page – help our runner, John Thompson, to cross the finish line!

• Thank you to The Met Film School from the bottom of our hearts for turning our vision into a reality. We are so grateful for your incredible dedication and hard work helping us fulfil our charity’s mission •

Reflection on current struggles in life

Today has been one of those days where I doubted myself over a million times. The last few months I’ve felt this way for completely valid reasons. I’m not saying this for sympathy – I’m saying this for reality – to show you that on the inside I’m just like you. Yes, I may be smiling on the outside, but I’m not invincible. In all honestly, I don’t always have it all together and still have moments when I focus on the difficult parts of life.

Recently I’ve been hit with a lot of disheartening and disappointing news relating to my health (new diagnoses/more surgeries), my graduate job falling through which consequently meant my moving back to independent living in London didn’t happen – this domino effect has caused a tremendous impact, leaving me feel lost and full of grief.

It’s naturally re-opened a lot of insecurities I once had that I’d put to bed a long time ago through many years of CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy), trauma and pain management therapy. Truthfully, I’ve had a lot of days this past month where I’ve felt like I’m not enough. Where I’ve felt like giving up. When I’ve questioned myself and doubted my ability to juggle all areas in my life. I admit that I’ve found this difficult to comprehend because my ‘life plan’ has just crumbled in front of me – or so I thought.

Recognising these thoughts and feelings doesn’t mean you’re failing – it means you’re LIVING. I’m not saying this for sympathy – I’m saying this for reality. We’re not invincible.

As humans, we tend to live our lives in the “fast lane” so forget to take the time to really stop and honour how far we’ve come and accomplished. We tend to reach a goal and then fill our brain with worry about how we’re going to accomplish the next, and so on.
It’s learning the ability to switch your mind from “what’s going wrong” to “what’s going right for me?” mindset. Reminding yourself that you’re doing the best you can, that you’re really living ‘life’ for what it’s worth.

So continue to turn the page, be motivated, be curious because the biggest mistake you could ever make is to live life like you’ll get another chance to experience it all again.

Be open to new opportunities and change that may cross your path unexpectedly, because maybe everything you’ve lived through was all meant to take you to this point; giving you the courage to take the leap of faith, coming to terms with who you are and who you want to be.

Before you give up, learn to make up your mind about what YOU want out of life. Because you’ve already survived everything that has been thrown at you so far, and you’ll survive it again and again.

It’s time to stop letting our minds play games and begin living our lives through truth, gratitude and appreciation; to be proud and honour the path that got you to today 🙏🏼🦋💫 • Laura Lee •

Dealing with Pre & Post Surgery Anxiety

Having a total of 5 surgical procedures all within a 6 month period (3 major neurosurgeries, a lumber puncture and brain surgery), there is no doubt that both my mind and body have suffered from severe anxiety and stress. Prior to having all these surgeries, I had some experience when having bilateral knee surgery (both knees done at the same time) in 2012. So I thought going through surgery once before meant I would be as cool and calm as a cucumber – but I can honestly say that each surgery was a completely different experience and is just as nerve-wracking.

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Appeal Published in ‘Upstream’ Global Oil & Gas Newspaper!

‘Upstream’ is an international global oil and gas newspaper and in this weeks edition published today, Friday 13th May 2016, my appeal of needing to medically crowdfund £300,000 due to my recent diagnosis and surgical treatments needed for my CVST Brain clot, appeared in the “Cuttings” Section. I am so grateful for having the opportunity to have my appeal published  globally and spread awareness of my rare genetic disease, Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome & PoTS. A huge thanks to ‘Upstream’ newspaper and to those who made this get published happen!
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What an incredible success this concert was raising a grand total of £2105!!! I can’t thank the Frensham Heights Peripatetic Teachers enough for their efforts in putting on fantastic performances from such a range of musical genres – I hear and have seen from some videos. My mother and I wish we could have been there to enjoy such a talented range of musicians.

MAY: Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome Awareness Month

May is dedicated to Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS) Awareness month, when everyone across the world with or without Ehlers-Danlos can come together and help spread awareness to the medical world of this invisible disease, help educate the public, and help donate towards further research to find a cure and understanding for this varied “zebra striped” community. Please click: ‘Ehlers-Danlos UK’ Charity to see how you can help contribute to “making our invisible visible”. With no action, there will be no change. There are still many people who are suffering from EDS but are undiagnosed/misdiagnosed due to lack of awareness in the medical and public community. You can help change this for the better by sharing my story and telling people about what it is. Do something positive to make change happen!

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BREAKING NEWS: DIAGNOSIS OF BRAIN BLOOD CLOT

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After being sent for an emergency MRI brain scan last week due to my neurological symptoms worsening, I have unfortunately been diagnosed with CVST (Cerebral Venous Left Sinus Thrombosis) which is a rare blood clot in my brain that affects 5 in 1 million people per year.

I have a major blood clot on the left venus side of my brain and left jugular vein which is completely obstructing blood flow and drainage which is life-threatening.

I was told that if this was not discovered when it was, the chances of me still being alive today was near impossible.

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UPDATE: Third Neurosurgery Success & Discharged

Great news to share with you all: the neurosurgery was successful and I was discharged from hospital the day after (Wednesday 13th April) and will update you all on more details about the neurosurgery and my recovery next week. I am struggling a lot with the amount of pain I am suffering with, but am trying to rest as much as possible to start the healing process. My immediate family are here, and I am so grateful for their and all of your support, love and care. 

Third Critical EDS Neurosurgery Appeal Video

“You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience by which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.'” Eleanor Roosevelt

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