How BADD Made a Difference…
Read testimonials from our members.
Finding the BC Balance and Dizziness Disorders Society was like coming home for me. From the first meeting I attended, I felt understood, I felt empathy and I felt hope!
I'm not a joiner and I don't like meetings, so it was a struggle to make the decision to join, but I'm so glad I did. I've attended every meeting so far and wouldn't want to miss any, as they are so incredibly informative and helpful.
On my application form, I checked "No" in the "Would you consider volunteering?" box, but here I am working on the website for BADD and loving every second of it! ~ Andrea Wilson, Port Coquitlam, BC
My dizziness used to emerge a few days or immediately after flying. At one of the BADD meetings I asked the speaker, a vestibular physiotherapist, if she had a suggestion for dizziness caused by flying. She said, “Sit by the window. Then the brain knows you’re moving. On the aisle, although you are travelling at tremendous speed, it can perceive you as stationary and get confused.”
I have benefited so much from that piece of information – three little sentences – l learned through BADD. Until then, I really thought I might never fly again. ~ Wendy Noble, Vancouver, BC
After over two years of struggling with constant (and permanent) dizziness as a result of a viral infection, I was able to drive into Vancouver to attend Teruko Ueda’s tai chi and qi gong sessions for dizzy people on Friday mornings. I experienced a huge improvement in both strength and balance. Teruko is a knowledgeable and gifted instructor who shows tremendous patience and support. But it’s not just Teruko – I found a wonderful new group of people who knew not only what it’s like to be dizzy, but also how to cope and how to share their experience in a supportive way.
After skiing for forty years, I feared that I’d never be able to ski again because of the dizziness. My return was nothing like before I became dizzy (I had to promise my doctors that I would go slowly and take it easy on the bunny run), but it was still one of the most liberating moments of my “new normal.” The work we’ve done in Teruko’s tai chi class is a very significant part of that successful return.
For anyone trying to deal with dizziness, this is a “fantastic” place to be, as our friend and group founder Muriel would say. I moved to Victoria recently but found a marvelous tai chi/qi gong class and continue to benefit from that initial experience of tai chi and coffee with Teruko and Muriel. Volunteering for BADD is an opportunity for me to say, “Thank you all!” ~ Jock Wylie, Victoria, BC
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