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Lizzy’s Story

“Thanks to the team at POTS Care, I understand my lifelong condition and have tools to help myself get better.  I feel more educated and in control of my health now and have hope that I can live a more normal life.”

Lizzy just wanted to enjoy the exciting experiences that come with being a senior in high school. Instead, she spent a year going to doctors without any answers. She was losing hope, spending time alone in her room and missing out on what should be the best year of her life. Then she found POTS Care and her hope has returned.

I spent the last year during the COVID crisis visiting multiple doctors trying to figure out what was wrong with me and there was no improvement in my health.  Most of my senior year of high school was spent in my bed, nauseated and vomiting nearly every day.  I could not eat much, had bowel troubles, couldn’t sleep, had no energy, and was anxious and depressed.  I spent most days in my darkened room, unable to do my schoolwork or see friends or have a normal teenagers’ life.  My mom read about Dr. Driscoll and learned about POTS Care and we were able to get into the program quickly.  I immediately connected with Dr. Driscoll, who has been through the same things that I have and has recovered and can share what she’s learned from it.   Dr. Driscoll and her team ordered tests that none of the other doctors I had previously seen had ordered and determined that I had inflammatory POTS.  It all started making sense.  Talking with the POTS Care staff and doctors was so encouraging and they were able to guide us along the way to recovery as no other medical staff had to that point in our journey.  For the first time, we felt like someone was listening, that they cared, and that they had answers.  They wanted to treat the root cause of my problems, not just the symptoms.  I’m not fully recovered yet, but I am improving day by day as I’ve been following the treatment plan for about 2-1/2 months.  I have hope for the first time in a long time.  I was able to go to my senior prom, finish my schoolwork, and I am graduating with my senior class!  I never thought I could do it, but in the fall, I am planning to attend college at Iowa State University!  Thanks to the team at POTS Care, I understand my lifelong condition and have tools to help myself get better.  I feel more educated and in control of my health now and have hope that I can live a more normal life.