Mary Chapman, features writer —

Mary graduated from Wayne State University with a degree in journalism. She began her career at United Press International, then spent a decade reporting for the Bureau of National Affairs, Inc. (now Bloomberg Industry Group). Mary has written extensively for The New York Times, and her work has appeared in publications such as Time, Newsweek, Fortune, and the Chicago Tribune. She’s won a Society of Professional Journalists award for outstanding reporting.

Articles by Mary Chapman

What to Expect From Physiotherapy When You Have EDS

Physiotherapy can help people with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS), which is a group of disorders that affect connective tissues and cause symptoms that range from mildly loose joints to life-threatening complications. If you’re about to start a physical therapy program, here’s what you can expect. Before your…

Tips for People Newly Diagnosed With EDS

After what was likely a long journey, upon diagnosis you learned that you are among the estimated 1 in 5,000 people who have Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS). Although you may be relieved to finally know the cause of your loose joints and other symptoms, you my still need guidance. Here…

EDS and Sleep Hygiene

Sleep disorders are common among people with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS). Because a good night’s sleep is essential to your health, both physically and mentally, and to a good quality of life, it may be beneficial for you to practice what’s called sleep hygiene. What is sleep hygiene? Sleep hygiene…

How to Manage Brain Fog When You Have EDS

While “brain fog” is not one of the most common symptoms of Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS), many patients report experiencing this form of cognitive dysfunction, which can affect their ability to focus, learn, retain information, and maintain employment. What is EDS? EDS refers to a group of genetic…

Fatigue and Ways to Deal With It When You Have EDS

Fatigue is common to people with a chronic disease, and a likely constant companion to those with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome.  Here are some tips to help you manage fatigue, and possibly get relief. Fatigue is difficult to quantify Fatigue is called chronic if it’s been present for more than six…

Mindfulness for People with EDS

Because Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS) affects many different systems in the body simultaneously, you may experience many different symptoms. Coping with them can be a challenge. A practice called mindfulness may help. What is mindfulness? Mindfulness means maintaining a moment-by-moment awareness of your thoughts, feelings, and body sensations, and…