When I was diagnosed with Meniere’s Disease, I was given a gift — the opportunity to reinvent myself. At the time, I couldn’t see that it was a gift. Instead, I saw an insurmountable barricade between my life and me.
It all started with losing my balance and falling over in dark or dimly lit rooms. Suddenly one day I lost all spatial perception. I could not tell how far away people, furniture, and other objects were. Everything seemed to be right at the end of my nose. I could not stand having motion or noise around me. My vestibular system was heavily damaged. Ear fullness, tinnitus, fluctuating hearing loss, dizziness, and bouts
with vertigo accompanied the injury to my balance system. I felt isolated and alone.
My quest for answers started with my family doctor and led to a lot of online research.
Reading stories from people who were living with Meniere’s Disease made a scary and difficult time in my life more bearable. If they could live through this, then so could I.
The resources I found online helped me find specialists in my area who were able to help.
I am no longer the energetic extrovert I once was. My life is much simpler and quieter now. I have learned how to ask for help. There is no time to worry about what the future holds. Making each today the best it can possibly be is what is important.
I am still able to work. My friends, family, and coworkers have had a quick education about Meniere’s Disease and how it affects me. They know what to do when I need help. Having their support helps me lead as normal a life as possible.
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