ANDERSON TOWNSHIP, OH (FOX19) - An Anderson Township woman is determined to make a difference by overcoming her physical challenges and spreading positivity.
At first glance, Andrea Whitley's physical ailments may not be noticeable, but she said they challenge her every day.
"I can dislocate very easy. You have a lot of muscle cramps, a lot of muscle pain. Your joints don't move quite the way they're supposed to," Whitley said.
Whitley was diagnosed with EDS, or Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, at 16-years-old. It's a rare disorder that means she is lacking connective tissue.
She has learned to live with it, but it doesn't necessarily get easier. Carrying things, writing or even sitting for too long can be tough.
"I'll get a phone call, and I do laps around the middle of the house just to shift because if you sit for too long, things tend to lock or shift or dislocate," Whitley said.
On an EDS pain scale, Whitley said she is a 10 out of 10 which prevents her from partaking in family activities like long bike rides or a backyard game of football.
"That's where it stinks when you feel like you can't participate and do the things that you want to do," Whitley said.
Whitley said she also sells totes with positive messages printed on them and is working on starting a jewelry line.