Erica Ortiz
    Hello, everyone, my name is Erica, first and most important, to me, I am a Nurse, and I love what I do! Secondly, I have Hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome and GI Motility Disorder.
    Coming to terms with a chronic illness is tough and life-altering for anyone. Writing helps me process and work through it all, and I hope I can spread the feeling to those reading my blogs that you are not alone in your journey!

    The reality of a flare-up: Living with EDS & Dysautonomia

    Recently I had a terrible flare up, and someone asked me "what exactly does that feel like? How was a ...
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    6 Tips to Prepare You for Mystery Injuries

    We have all had bruises that we can't recall the origin of, we're Hypermobile! Maybe a scar or two that ...
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    Living with Tubes (of all kinds)

    Living with tubes connected to or coming out of your body is a very different kind of lifestyle. It can ...
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    Chronic Illness: Starting over again

    The hardest part of ending is starting over. Wouldn't you agree? When you're chronically ill, people tend to think you're ...
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    Are you a worrier?

    I'm the first to admit I'm a worrier. Are you a worrier, too? I worry about pretty much anything and ...
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    Pets are the best type of therapy

    Dealing with chronic illness and chronic pain is a long road to walk. If you're lucky, you have friends and ...
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    Set it free… And let it go

    Let it go, let it go.... Saying goodbye to 2016 was bitter-sweet for me. Personally, 2016 was an amazing year! ...
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    My Medical Fairy Godmother

    The upside to chronic illness: a lot of couch time equals a lot of movies watched. Now if you have ...
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    A tiny glimpse of what may be ahead

    Given the opportunity, would you like to see a snapshot of your life in five years? Ten years? Fifteen? A ...
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    Seize the day

    I was recently diagnosed with Hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome. More importantly, I just graduated Nursing School! I say more importantly because as ...
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    Michelle is a Senior Occupational Therapist working with people with hypermobility and rheumatological conditions (like arthritis). Michelle is the owner of Hypermobility Connect, an online platform for people with hypermobility to connect with resources, health professionals & each other. Michelle practices OT in her private practice, Rheumi Occupational Therapy