Wendy Baruchowitz of Rye was featured in Everydayhealth.com about her battle with of postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS) and the fear of fainting. Not fun, but she is now a survivor. She also started Pots Take A Stand to raise awareness and fund research on the rare syndrome.
"Hallmark symptoms of POTS are fatigue and dizziness when standing.
Women are more susceptible to POTS than men, but the cause is unknown.
Between one and three million people in the United States are affected by POTS.
Imagine you’ve just given birth to your second child, but you’re unable to care for your baby because you can’t stand or walk without the fear of fainting. You’re nauseous, vomiting, and experiencing headaches and shortness of breath. You might even become incontinent. Your brain is so foggy that you can’t think straight, you can’t sleep, and you’re so exhausted that you can’t get out of bed. You’re actually afraid you could be dying.
Meanwhile, others must take care of your newborn because you’re just not strong enough to hold him, and you’re terrified you’ll drop him if you do — all because of your mystery illness.
Wendy Baruchowitz, 44, of Rye, New York, survived this nightmare scenario and came through it a thoroughly changed woman. She now dedicates much of her time to helping others who have the mysterious condition known as POTS, or postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome."
Read the rest of the story on Everydayhealth.com.