Friday, October 7, 2016

10 Benefits of Having Ehlers Danlos Syndrome

10 Benefits of Having Ehlers Danlos Syndrome

I'm going to be honest.  Having Ehlers Danlos Syndrome stinks.  It's painful, it makes you sick, and it's just not fun.  But there are a few benefits to it if you look hard enough...

You just have to look really hard.  Really, really hard.

Disclaimer: Just because we can do the "party tricks" shown in the pictures does not mean that we should.  Katie and I only did them for a few seconds for the pictures.  If you have EDS, please don't try any of the following! 

1. Being able to scratch any spot on your back.
You know that spot on your back that you can't reach to scratch?  I don't!

10 Benefits of Having Ehlers Danlos Syndrome
Photobomb courtesy of Davy

2. Fast labors. 
This isn't something that I've had (my shortest labor was still over 12 hours), but a lot of other women who have EDS reported experiencing this.

3. Young appearance.
EDS can make you look younger than you are.  This has only recently become a benefit for me since I got a little tired of people assuming I was a teen mom with a bunch of kids.

4. Yoga is pretty easy!
It's not actually recommended for most people with EDS because of the danger of overextending their joints, but if we could do it, we'd be really good at it thanks to our natural flexibility.  Ever seen anyone do a reverse Namaste? 

Reverse namaste - hypermobility

5. Soft, smooth skin.
I'm not lucky enough to have this one, but a lot of people with EDS are.

6. Putting toenail polish on is a piece of cake.
This one mostly tends to benefit women...

Available in the Sunshine and Spoons Shop

7. Zipping up back zippers.
Yup, most of us can do this too!
10 benefits to having Ehlers Danlos Syndrome

8. Easier to play guitar and other instruments.
Have a hard time making your fingers go in the right places for that tricky chord? Hypermobile fingers will fix that problem!

Hypermobile fingers
Katie's hypermobile fingers

9. Human weathervane.
We can predict changes in the weather due to the increased pain in our bodies.  Yay.

10. Freaking people out with the weird things you can do.
When I bend my knees backwards, I generally encounter one of the two following responses: "Woah! That's cool!" or "*gag* Stop doing that! It's awful! *gag*"

Hypermobile knees - Ehlers Danlos Syndrome
My knees bent backwards.

Do you have a medical condition, either Ehlers Danlos Syndrome or another one?  I'm challenging you to find some pros.  Also, don't forget to check out the wide selection of EDS themed shirts, mugs, and awareness products in the Sunshine and Spoons Shop!

10 Benefits of Having Ehlers Danlos Syndrome
Random picture of Davy because he insisted on having his picture taken too and because he's cute :)