Anne Kirchheimer was hospitalized due to extreme vertigo and nausea. The condition was so severe that she was unable to walk a few steps to reach her telephone. She was originally diagnosed with an inner ear infection. The hospital reassured her that she would make a full recovery and be back on her feet in a few weeks. Ten years ahead, and her suffering continued. Annes’s fatigue grew to be so overwhelming that putting one foot in front of the other was a huge challenge. At a youthful age of 60, Anne felt like she was 90 years old. After many months, doctors diagnosed her with chronic vestibular disorder. Unfortunately, this disorder forced Anne into retirement at a young age. Some patents coin this term “vertical kryptonite” because of the affect it has on all aspects of their life. Anne being a long term cancer survivor, is confidently determined to become a vestibular survivor.
Relatively 69 million people have experienced some type of vestibular dysfunction. Anne has joined the Vestibular Disorder Association to celebrate balance awareness week. The main objective of Balance Awareness Week is to help people recognize symptoms and lead them to get the proper help.
By clicking the link below you can learn more about Annes touching and inspiring story. Also posted below is a youtube video of Anne speaking about her story.
This article is recommended by Peak Performance Physical Therapist: Robin Evans, DPT, Emory Certification Specializing in the Treatment of Vestibular and Balance Impairments.