Coming out of Hibernation

Addison Smith
5 min readMar 4, 2022

I haven’t been writing much for the last couple of years. I once tried to put out an article a week, but my health took a turn for the worse in 2020, and no, it has nothing to do with COVID-19.

Around the same time that my daughter was diagnosed with Hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (hEDS), I started to show increased signs and symptoms of the disorder. hEDS is a genetic disorder, so obviously I’ve had it all my life, but just as COVID hit, my symptoms began to snowball. (No, really, that’s what it’s called.) Suddenly, the weird injuries and unusual ailments that result from hEDS…

Addison Smith

I’m an LGBTQ+ DEI educator, activist, and writer living in the Midwest with my cat. Call me Addi. They/She. Booking and more info at