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This page contains stories of STARS members with Postural Tachycardia Syndrome (PoTS).







It all started in 1994. I was 20 years old and studying for my Masters in Art History. I had always been a healthy happy person with a positive outlook  on life and very down to earth.

Read her story here


Chelsea's story

I was 15 when I first started fainting. The first time was at a concert. Every time I stood up I fainted again until I finally had to get carried out. I visited my GP the next day but he said it was heat exhaustion, as it was so crowded at the concert, and that it was nothing to worry about. Read more


Amy's story

I suffer with a condition called neurocardiogenic syncope and also PoTS (Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome). Read more


Jodie & Buddy's story

My story is about a treatment for PoTS, a very special treatment. A labradoodle called Buddy. Read more


Ella's story

Our 'PoTSie' story began March, 2010, when our 15 year old daughter Ella, the youngest of our four children, came home from a school trip to Prague fainting. We had no idea just how our lives were about to change and how adept we were all to become at the recovery position! Read more


Liam's story

After Education, I set up my own business as a self-employed photographer back in 2007 and have been working as an outdoor photographer since. I would easily carry my kit for miles a day whilst summiting high ground with an overall ascent of thousands of feet per day. Even an average day in the office would generally end with a minimum of a 2 mile walk in my local countryside. Everything about my life could be summed up with one word “outdoors”. Read more


Kristina's story

I developed PoTS within pregnancy of my youngest child. I went from being fairly active and fit, to barely being able to climb the stairs or walk out to my greenhouse almost overnight. Read more


Tara's Story

Until November 2006 I had never had any health problems. I was working part time in a school and studying for a degree as well as enjoying an active social life. Over the course of a fortnight I began to suffer from dizzy spells, followed by nausea and an extreme sensation that my skin was burning and that it was always too hot. I put it down to a possible virus or bug and tried to continue as normal, but my life deteriorated as I found I couldn’t pursue my normal activities of shopping or going out with friends. Read more


Lorna's Story

I have always been an active person, enjoying all types of outdoor activities such as hill walking, biking, skiing – generally anything that gets me outside. Read more


James and Matthew's Story

Both, James and Matthew have PoTS, James diagnosed and Matthew treated for but not formally diagnosed. They are currently under an Adolescent Specialist at UCLH. James will be 18 in January and he has requested to be referred to Professor Mathias in London. Our GP is particularly supportive and has been very understanding writing letters for examination dispensation and giving the boys sound advice on how to help themselves. The medication they continue to take is a beta-blocker and an isotonic fluid, daily, as prescribed in July 2008. Luckily for them this combination has alleviated the worst of their symptoms. Their quality of life has greatly improved, although, they are both still learning to pace themselves and listen to their bodies. Read more


Clare's Story

When you suffer from PoTS or any other fainting disorder, the decision to try for a baby is not straight forward. I faint at least a few times a week, I am too ill to work, I had to give up my driving licence because of my fainting and I use a wheelchair outside the home because I can only walk a few yards. My husband, Simon, and I had a lot of questions and worries about how on earth I would be able to cope with looking after a baby when I can only just look after myself. We waited a few years in the hope that my health would improve but it didn't. Eventually I became so depressed at the prospect of a life without children that Simon and I decided to start trying anyway. Read more


Kathy's Story

Living with an uncommon heart rhythm disorder - Inappropriate Sinus Tachycardia. Up until February 2007 I considered myself a normal working person, no major health issues, nothing that had debilitated my life to this degree. I acquired this uncommon heart rhythm problem following a bout of chest pain …I have always had a fast heart rate in my younger years but nothing to concern me as I had to work hard to get my heart rate up just like any other normal person. I suffered blackouts in my teens but never knew why and seemed to grow out of them by the age of sixteen. I had a normal life, worked, married, raised a family but, looking back, I wonder if the blackouts could have something to do with what has happened to me now! Read more


Kirsty's Story

When my PoTS started in 2005, I was on a school skiing trip in France. There were initial signs that may have suggested something wasn't right within me, but I thought it was just a reoccurrence of the glandular fever I had had the year before. I was very emotional and could hardly eat. Read more


Kellie's Story

Life was pretty good for my daughter Kellie in 2005. She was happy at boarding school with plenty of friends, doing very well academically (on an academic scholarship) and enjoying her new love of rowing. Then, out of the blue, she started collapsing for no apparent reason. This was the beginning of a roller coaster ride into the unknown. Read more

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