I started having symptoms of POTS when I was 13 after a year of recurrent strep throat. I finally got diagnosed in 2010 after my symptoms had been progressively getting worse. Thankfully, I was able to finish college and have a B.S. in Psychology. I'm currently not working or pursuing further education because my symptoms have gotten way worse over the last few years. I have an absolutely precious yorkie puppy named Jael. She makes sure I get my exercise in and keeps me in a positive mood. I also have really amazing family and friends who have stuck by me through this. I was really active before this started getting so bad, but I've had to change my activities since then. I now enjoy crocheting, acrylic painting, croquet, and mini golf (when I feel good enough to stand that long!). And I'm pretty awesome at every card and board game known to man now lol.