When It’s More Than ‘Just’ Being Double-Jointed

Published in Huffpost Lifestyle, 1/19/2016

I didn’t see it when it first came out, but there’s been a little bit of an outrage explosion in the hypermobility and Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome patient community. A petition has been launched on change.org demanding an apology from ITV show This Morning.

“There was a phone in regarding whether children should be excused from PE and whether parents should be writing them a sick note with Dr. Dawn Harper being present and answering questions. A lady called Sarah had phoned in and explained that her child has Hypermobility and comes home from school with aching and the weather affecting the child.Dr. Dawn went on to say that “Hypermobility is also known as double jointedness”

Sufferers have felt that this response is very much dismissing the often debilitating and life-altering reality of what hypermobility really can be. And it’s a lot more than ‘just’ being double jointed.

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