Finding Balance

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Finding Balance

Healing From A Decade of Vestibular Disorders


Sue Hickey

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Over 10 million adults in the United States have chronic problems with dizziness and imbalance - vestibular problems. This compares to 400,000 with multiple sclerosis or 1.5 million with autism for example, both chronic illnesses with much greater name recognition. Vestibular problems are difficult to diagnose and treat. While vestibular problems come with various medical names (Meniere's, Perilymph Fistula, Endolymphatic Hydrops, Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV), Mal de Debarquement (MdDS), and others) they present a common challenge for the affected person on how to deal with the dizziness and eventually find balance.

Finding Balance addresses over a decade of illness, from the initial two years searching for a diagnosis, through the long years of treatment and finally to the period of rebuilding a life within the confines of what dizziness and vertigo will allow. Finding Balance provides a detailed description of symptoms, what can trigger them, the emotional reactions to symptoms, how to recognize their subtle differences, and how to track them in order to contribute to your own diagnosis. It also emphasizes the patient's responsibility for healing and eventually how to find the inner balance in life that will be necessary to equitably live with these symptoms over time. And it provides a sense of time, of patience.

Special Features of Finding Balance Include:

  • Call-out boxes presenting facts and tips for dealing with the disorder
  • All of the medical information in the book has been reviewed by vestibular specialists for accuracy
  • Bulleted lists at the end of chapter with advice to the reader on next steps


Product Details

  • Publication Date March 17, 2011
  • Page Count 240
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9781936303144

About The Author(s)

Sue Hickey

Sue Hickey is a retired executive who was diagnosed twelve years ago with vestibular disorders, commonly known as balance disorders. She has focused her full time attention for the past twelve years on healing from the series of balance disorders she lives with. In the process she has become a patient-expert on the subject of balance disorders. Prior to her diagnosis she worked for twenty-five years in the energy and environmental field; her last position was as Chief Operating Officer of Bonneville Power (BPA). She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Vestibular Disorders Association.

Table of Contents

"Chapter 1 Losing Balance
Chapter 2 Denial, Is Anything Wrong With Me
Chapter 3 The Pendulum Swings Wildly
Chapter 4 The Medical Fog Clears
Chapter 5 The Surprise End of a Satisfying Career
Chapter 6 A Clear Diagnosis at Last
Chapter 7 Perilymph Fistulas-Bed Rest
Chapter 8 Perilymph Fistulas-Neighborhood Rest
Chapter 9 Hydrops Holding Me Back
Chapter 10 Vestibular Rehabilitation
Chapter 11 Life Lessons
Chapter 12 A Transitional Life
Chapter 13 Taking Flight
Chapter 14 Vacation Home
Chapter 15 Managing My Recovery
Chapter 16 Life's Ups and Downs
Chapter 17 Rotation Therapy
Chapter 18 Testing Acceptance
Chapter 19 A Genuine Breakthrough
Chapter 20 A Giant Step Backwards
Chapter 21 Finding Balance