Black and Blue Ribbons - a Column by Karen Del Vecchio

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An avid equestrian and educator, Karen has been a columnist at BioNews — the publisher of this site — since 2019. She was diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome in 2009 after years of searching for a diagnosis that explained her symptoms. Karen enjoys working with her students, riding and caring for her two horses (Cherry and Spotty), and connecting with others in the rare disease community through her writing.

A near fall into a frog pond leads to a pain flare

It’d been a great day, and despite my Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS), I wasn’t feeling particularly sore. My brother and niece were visiting, and we’d gone to a botanical garden with a kids area. It had a splash pad, sensory garden, and other age-appropriate ways for kids to interact with…