Every vestibular disorder sufferer has a story!
Medical practitioners have told us they've "heard them all," but we think your story is important, to you, to us, and to people who have no idea what it's like to suffer from a balance or dizziness disorder. We think your story could help educate the public and help spread the word about how difficult it is to have a balance and dizziness disorder... and what can be done to make it better.
Here's a real life story for you...
Do you know that many people with vestibular disorders can have an attack anywhere and at any time? They can look and act inebriated and have been treated that way by passers-by! Can you imagine lying curled up on the sidewalk with your grocery bags spilling everywhere, unable to speak because the world is spinning out of control? Then imagine being stepped over and ignored by people around you who should be calling 911 or at least offering to help. And finally can you imagine how you would feel hearing someone say, "Oh, she's a drunk," and other people making similar comments as they pass by? True story!
We want to get these kinds of stories out to the general public, to educate people, so dizzy folk don't ever have to suffer that ignominy and lack of understanding again. And we also want the good stories, stories about kindness, helpfulness, understanding, resilience, fortitude, determination, ingenuity and so on.
Do you have a story to tell about your battle with dizziness, vertigo or imbalance?
If you have a story, we'd like to hear about it. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your story of 400 words or less (if we need more information, we will contact you). Put "Here is my story" in the Subject of the email.
We are looking for stories (good or bad, positive or negative) around the following ideas:
- medical professionals
- hospital/clinic staff
- store clerks
- club members
- support groups
- legal battles
- lost wages
- mental health
- emotional health
- coping strategies
- tools and devices
If we didn't mention an idea that resonates with you, we welcome your unique personal experience.
Other types of stories we would be interested in are:
- how having a balance/dizziness disorder changed my life
- how BC Balance and Dizziness helped me cope with my balance or dizziness disorder.
Please don't try to cover all the topics; we just want one anecdote or story that encompasses one or two ideas. For example, our story above only covers one incident in the life of this person. Remember 400 words maximum and it must be a true story. We welcome anecdotes of both a positive and negative nature. Sometimes we have a good experience to share and sometimes we have a not so good experience to share. All types of stories are welcome.
Please identify your type of disorder at the beginning of your story. If you don't have a diagnosis, as many of us don't, just describe how you feel. Please do not name people in your story unless they give you permission; just say something like: my sister, my new lawyer, the emergency physician, my best friend, etc. You may also remain anonymous, if you so request.
We will contact you, if your story is chosen to appear on our website, Facebook page or in our print media. We reserve the right to edit your story to better fit our requirements, but you can approve the draft before publication.
If you have a great story, but you're not sure how to write about it, please send us a draft of your best attempt. If your story idea is chosen, we will edit it for you. You can approve the draft before publication.
Send your story to email@example.com. Put "Here is my story" in the Subject of the email.