Michelle O’Sullivan

I’m 34 and I meet the criteria for Hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, which has led to a multitude of surgeries in the last 20 years.

I am an Occupational Therapist working primarily with patients with hypermobility and arthrtitic conditions in Sydney, Australia.

I enjoy doing anything creative (drawing, photography, graphic design, candle making) and feel blessed to live on the Northern Beaches of Sydney.

Founder of Hypermobility Connect Author of My Bendy Body  

Foot & Ankle Pronation in Hypermobility

A short video clip from Podiatrist Andrew Bull, a member of our health professional network on foot & ankle pronation ...
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Perfectionism vs. Chronic Condition

When I was diagnosed in London by the wonderful Prof. Rodney Grahame, I distinctly remember him saying that hypermobility conditions ...
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Building each other up: Why we need community

Over the years I have been involved in a wide range of communities, from school to university, Guiding/Scouting Movements, church, ...
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Allied Health & Hypermobility Conditions

When people are diagnosed with a hypermobility-related condition, they are often catapulted into the world of medicine and allied health ...
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Top 10 most challenging symptoms of hypermobility conditions

I recently did a survey of our online community about their biggest struggles relating to living with their hypermobility condition ...
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The Burger Joint

Ever been to a burger joint? Ever hear of joint hypermobility? What on earth do the two have in common? ...
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Why Awareness?

While the whole of May has become the month to recognise & raise awareness of The Ehlers-Danlos Syndromes (EDS), we ...
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Hypermobility: The condition that takes away…

Hypermobility is a stealer. It steals so much from those who live with it, making it feel like the label ...
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4 keys to hypermobility pain management

I’m sorry to hear that you, or your child, are experiencing so much pain. Pain is a big problem for ...
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HSD, JHS, hEDS… oh my!

There is so much confusion in our community about hypermobility diagnoses following the release of new criteria in March 2017 ...
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Christmas Day: It is forever full of surprises

Christmas Day is forever full of surprises. When you’re little, it’s the right kind of surprises – “What has Santa ...
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5 Tips for Managing Christmas Day Anxiety

If you’ve been living with anxiety for a while, chances are you know whether a day like Christmas day will ...
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All I want for Christmas is for you to read this post

Following on from last weeks post about What we need at Christmas, we recognise that it’s extremely difficult for people ...
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What do you need people to understand & do for you this Christmas?

Let’s face it, Christmas isn’t always joyful. I don’t think I had really ever grasped that until just over a ...
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Seven of the Best General Aids for Hypermobility

Following on from our Top 5 Kitchen Aids from our #HypermobilityHelp series, it’s time to look at the general aids ...
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Top 5 Kitchen Aids for Hypermobility

Over the last few months, I’ve been sharing on our Facebook & Instagram some of my favourite gadgets and assistive ...
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10 Things I Hate About You, Modern Medicine

The longest relationship of my life, apart from those with my family members, is my relationship with modern medicine. It’s ...
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Introducing Lucy, our newest blogger!

Lucy Atkinson, from the North West of England, UK, has joined our Blogging Team here at Hypermobility Connect. Lucy lives ...
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You are different. You can’t have that life!

Ever have those days where you desperately want to be normal? And you feel like you're so different, and you ...
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10 Things a Doctor Should Never Say to a Patient with a Chronic Condition

As patients with chronic conditions, we’ve all heard doctors, and health professionals say ridiculous things to us, have we not? ...
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R U OK?

Today is R U OK? Day in Australia (but can be implemented around the world). Today is about checking in ...
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Suicide Prevention. Because it happens.

It happens. It can happen to anyone. There really isn’t a stereotype of "people who have suicidal thoughts". It could ...
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Hyper-vigilance vs. Complacency in Hypermobility

Since the age of 12, due to the regularity at which I needed physio or specialists appointments, my family and ...
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Mobile Device Ergonomics for Hypermobility

We use mobile devices such as phones and tablets more than we ever have. We are the mobile generation. And ...
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Workspace Ergonomics for Hypermobility: Part 2

(This post contains affiliate links) The previous post in this series Workspace Ergonomics for Hypermobility: Part 1 talked about the posture ...
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Workspace Ergonomics for Hypermobility: Part 1

We spend WAY too many hours of our lives sitting, whether that it is in cars, on the couch, or ...
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Living life with the parking brake on

I often feel like I am living life with the parking brake on. If you drive a car and have ...
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10 reasons why I don’t do public transport with hypermobility

”Use public transport," they say, "it’s better for the environment". Do you know what it’s not better for? Me! I ...
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Are hypermobile party tricks OK?

Few things get me extremely fired up and angry. But this is one of them… I have had numerous encounters ...
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To the woman who chose not to judge me: Thank you

To the woman who served me in the RMS and chose not to judge me, Thank you. Thank you for ...
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ROAR!

I was watching my binge series of choice, Grey’s Anatomy, and during an episode which I have watched at least ...
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You are not your diagnosis

When you live every day with a chronic condition, it's easy to forget that you are not your diagnosis. Your ...
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Self-Care: Filling up your cup

When things go pear-shaped, which, when you’re a bendy body happens frequently, the one thing we can rely on is ...
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Self Care: Creating a Self-Soothing Box

When I worked as a Paediatric Sensory OT, I would often suggest to families or school teachers that children with ...
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Dealing with our Anger

In early 2017, the new nosology for The Ehlers Danlos Syndromes was released and caused quite a lot of controversy ...
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Am I ‘normal’?

I’ve just finished having a conversation with a friend about "normal"… Normal was a word that we were steered clear ...
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To hide or not to hide? That is the question

Talking about hiding or displaying your condition may seem like a somewhat controversial topic to those who are deeply embedded ...
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Retraining your mind

Really? Being more positive JUST takes practice? To be honest, today I could have told Mr McGill to go jump ...
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Do I have to be happy about another year?

There is this unwritten law that at the beginning of a new year, we look forward to another year ahead ...
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An Intentional New Year

Historically, I have never been a "New Years Resolution" kinda gal. In recent years, I’ve probably been more of a ...
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The Hangover, Hypermobility Style

Chances are if you’re reading this, you or someone you love is hypermobile. Therefore, there is an even better chance ...
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Just say no. Don’t make excuses

Excuses. We all make them, whether to ourselves or publicly, myself included. We’ve all heard some really bad ones. And ...
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Holiday Season Survival 101

The holiday season can be fraught with obstacles for people with chronic health conditions. That's why we need to talk ...
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Not all ‘zebras’ are ‘zebras’

I was on a business-related Facebook forum recently, and the owner of the forum posted about her latest in a ...
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When It Is Time to Leave Home

When it is time to leave home for the first time, regardless of our age, we all face it with ...
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From ‘sick kid’, to just being me

I was chatting with a friend the other day about a young person who had lived with a chronic illness ...
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I just got a diagnosis and no one understands!

The moment you get a diagnosis, a huge number of things can change for you, yet, as astounding as it ...
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When the world is so NOT your Oyster

When you can no longer pursue your dream career, you find yourself wondering - what on earth am I going ...
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Ditch the notebook & use Evernote

(This post contains an affiliate link) I had an awesome idea the other day… in one of the two places ...
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When hypermobility steals from you

I have always watched the Olympics with awe and wonder….and a tinge of sadness. Because hypermobility stole something from me, and ...
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Jo Berry on “You Can’t Ask That”, ABC TV

In case you missed seeing it, our very own resident blogger, Jo Berry was on the ABC's "You Can't Ask ...
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Priority: Me

A recurrent theme in my life is feeling guilty for choosing myself, for making myself my priority. It’s something that I’m ...
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Be Prepared for the Aftermath

Launching a website / online community has definitely reminded me of all that my hypermobile body brings with it plus ...
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Relatable toys: An interesting find

I recently asked our resident bloggers for their opinions on this picture that I found. I was searching for relatable ...
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Reality with a positive spin

We realise that a lot people with hypermobility would find the blogging brief: "reality with a positive spin" quite challenging, ...
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5 Tips for Looking After Little People

I am blessed with three gorgeous nieces who arrived 8, 6 and 1.5 years ago (update, there is now a ...
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Never Tell Me Never

Ever had one of those experiences of remembering exactly where you were when you read or heard something? For example, ...
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STOP THINK DO

I'm going to share with you the best tool in my personal & professional hypermobility toolbox. Let me introduce you to ...
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A letter: For when you’re really hurting…

Are you really hurting?  Does life really suck for you right now?  Feeling alone? Invisible? I just wanted to let ...
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High School with Undiagnosed Hypermobility

Let us be honest. I hated high school. It was one of the most miserable times of my life. I ...
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SHOUT A LITTLE LOUDER: Ehlers-Danlos Awareness Month (May)

If you have Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome one of the very first things you would have done is learn how to pronounce ...
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Fatigue: The battle of mind & body

I'm writing this while yawning my head off and trying to stay awake on an interstate flight after a 4-day ...
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Revealing your diagnosis

Working out who, what, why and when to share your hypermobility diagnosis can be very confusing, and the cause of ...
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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