Describing Meniere’s disease to someone else can be a frustrating experience. I remember once trying to explain it to a family member and they replied, “Oh, I get it, you have dizzy spells every now and then.” I wanted to scream, “No, it is far far worse than that.” But I did not. I quickly came to the conclusion that the only ones that really understand Meniere’s disease are others suffering from the same illness. Since then, I have not really tried to explain to anyone what it is like to have Meniere’s. I’m just not successful conveying what a Meniere’s disease sufferer experiences.
Whether you share your Meniere’s experiences with others or not, it is common to feel alone in your battle to manage the symptoms. Over at WolframAlpha, they claim that 159,300 US patients are diagnosed with Meniere’s disease a year. That number varies with every different source, but the bottom line is that there are plenty of people suffering from Meniere’s disease.
Along with us commoners are plenty of famous people who have suffered or are suffering from Meniere’s disease
- Vincent Van Gogh – Dutch artist
- Alan Shepard – American astronaut
- Ryan Adams – popular singer
- Peggy Lee – singer/actress
- Emily Dickinson – poet
- Katie Leclerc – actress and star of the current series “Switched at birth”
- Guy Kawasaki – entrepreneur and author
- Kristin Chenoweth – actress and star in “Glee”
- Jonathan Swift – author
- Les Paul – guitarist and inventor of the solid-body electric guitar
Meniere’s disease does not discriminate. There are sufferers in all places. Take heart. You are not alone in your battle.