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Rebuilding a Positive Connection With My Hypermobile Body

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Like many of those diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, my symptoms started at a very young age. It was not until my late 20s that I received my diagnosis of hEDS.

This diagnosis was more than validating. It provided me with clarity on how to care for my body and gave me direction on how to pursue my passion for working with the body and mind.

Exercise (or what I like to call movement) is an intimidating word when you experience chronic pain. There have been many times I have given up on working out altogether because it was simply too difficult.

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