Kirstyann’s Story


My life changed significantly in Oct 2020. What initially was thought to be a stroke with left sided eye droop, weakness left side and slurred speech was diagnosed as FND. It was frightening. Although having a diagnosis was somewhat a relief, it has changed my whole well-being. 

I suffer from pounding headaches, severe fatigue, loss of balance, dizziness, memory issues, unable to process information and a speech stutter. I have had little input from professionals. I’ve been unable to work. Every day gives me challenges including basic care. I’ve found drawing is a way of distracting from the constant pain and negative thoughts I feel. 

I’m fortunate to have had supportive friends and I hope one day more awareness is made of FND so anyone with this disorder can be supported enough to regain their quality of life.

By Kirstyann, Devon