Two responses to the same pain, a decade apart

How having the right diagnosis transforms my relationship with my symptoms

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“When you hear hoofbeats, think horses, not zebras” — Medical zebra aphorism, coined by Dr. Theodore Woodward, University of Maryland professor, late 1940s

The prolonged search for my diagnosis

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The power an answer can hold

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Since being diagnosed, I haven’t had any urgent visits, and doctors have been able to order relevant tests and treatments.
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Simply adding “hEDS” to this search eliminated some of the fear-mongering questions Google thought I’d find useful, like “Is heel pain a sign of cancer?”

Ryan received xyr AA in ASL (2019) & is studying Science Journalism for xyr BA (Evergreen State, 2021). Xe is an Autistic, queer, non-binary crip.

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