BENEFITING: Dysautonomia International
My name is Ruth and I live with POTS, a form of dysautonomia. All my life I have been symptomatic, but did not know about POTS until I was diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, a rare genetic disorder which causes my body to create defective collagen. Since collagen is the body's main protein, it affects my joints, ligaments, tendons, skin, and organs, along with other parts of my body. POTS is a type of autonomic nervous system dysfunction. My body cannot regulate its blood pressure or heartrate, and blood pools in my legs, so when I stand up, I am at a risk for fainting. There are fewer than 200,000 cases per year for POTS. I ask for friends, family, and strangers, to help me raise money for Dysautonomia International.