Medical practitioners have told us they’ve “heard them all,” but we know that your story is important, to you, to us, and to people who have no idea what it’s like to have a balance or dizziness disorder.
By sharing your story, you can help to educate others about imbalance and dizziness as well as provide support and encouragement to those who may be having similar experiences. We’re looking for:
- Stories about hope, resilience, kindness, helpfulness, understanding, determination, ingenuity and so on
- Stories about positive action or advocacy
- Stories that convey to others that they are not alone in their struggle with imbalance and dizziness
- Stories about how having a balance/dizziness disorder changed your life
- Stories about how BC Balance and Dizziness helped you cope with imbalance and dizziness
Editorial guidelines for stories:
- BC Balance and Dizziness publishes personal stories that contribute to our mission of supporting, inspiring and educating those affected by balance and dizziness disorders.
- We choose stories that complement our goal of providing up-to-date, evidence-based information about balance and dizziness disorders to help people have a solid understanding of their condition and advocate for themselves.
- Stories about diagnoses and treatments that are not evidence-based or that discredit current scientific knowledge or healthcare professionals will not be published.
- Stories will be selected (or not selected) for publication at the sole discretion of the Society.
- All stories are subject to being edited for length, clarity, grammar and content.
- To make sure your voice and message are accurately represented, we will send you a draft to approve before publication, if any edits were made.
- By submitting a story, you authorize BC Balance and Dizziness to publish it. Accepted stories or extracts may appear on our website, Facebook page, Twitter feed or in our print media.
Guidelines for writing your story:
- Please write 400 words or less. If we need more information, we will contact you.
- Identify your type of disorder at the beginning of your story. If you don’t have a diagnosis, as many of us don’t, please describe how you feel.
- Avoid lengthy treatment descriptions. Instead, please focus on what you believe could help others, based on your experience.
- Refrain from naming specific medications.
- Do not include names of people; instead, say something like “my sister,” “my new lawyer,” “the emergency physician,” etc.
How to send your story
Please email your story to firstname.lastname@example.org using “Here is my story” as the Subject.