Last year, I became married to my wonderful husband and had my beautiful first child! Amidst life’s wonderful adventures, I also manage my rare condition called Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension (IIH). The condition causes severe headaches, balance problems, dizziness, pulsitile tinnitus and can lead to vision loss and blindness.
I have also been diagnosed with a prolapsed disc in the last vertebra of my spine. I have suffered with depression due to all the medical problems I have encountered, all of which started with a bump on the head in May 2010.
Currently, I have been told that each symptom is difficult to treat individually. Therefore, I am on a lot of medication which effects me in different ways. Sometimes, the side affects cause feelings such as painful pins and needles in my hands and feet. Other times, the side affects make me constantly fatigued and dazed!
I try not to let these difficulties run my life, with hopes of one day, resolving my medical problems. I hope and dream of living my life the way I used to live.
Fortunately, I believe in projects and organizations such as the Global Genes Project and raising awareness of rare disorders such as IIH will one day be common knowledge, so people will be more understanding and tolerant about other people!