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Woman with rare disease is TRAMPLED by commuters who mistook her for a drunk

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Wednesday, February 06, 2019

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LONDON, United Kingdom - A WOMAN was mistaken as a drunk during morning rush hour when she collapsed and commuters stepped over her.

But Kelly Boyson, 31, has Meniere's disease, a condition which causes her to suffer from severe dizzy spells and hearing loss.

Kelly was working in recruitment in 2014 when suddenly, while sat at her computer, everything began spinning.

As it was only fleeting, she passed it off as having not eaten enough.

But to her horror, she continued to endure sudden attacks of her condition up to four times a week — which begins with her losing pressure in her ears, followed by tinnitus and then extreme vertigo which causes her to collapse.

Kelly once had an attack on the London Underground at 8.30am, but shockingly commuters assumed she was drunk stepped over her prone body.

She said: "I was on the Underground when it happened.

"An ambulance was called but they said I wasn't an emergency due to the fact the spinning would pass.

"It was the morning rush hour and people were just walking over me because, to them, I looked drunk.

"In the end, a transport police officer took me to the hospital in a taxi."

Kelly's illness meant she had to leave her job, which left her feeling depressed.

"Whilst I was off sick, I became depressed and anxious, I knew I needed to do something, so I started drawing," she said.

"It kept my mind busy, I didn't overthink what was happening to me and it gave me a purpose.

"You lose a lot of yourself when something like this happens, you have to adapt a lot and develop a new you.

"It took about two years before I really started living again. I still have balance problems, I've lost 50 per cent of my hearing in my left ear."

Sadly, Kelly began to worry men would see her as "defective" and felt insecure about dating.

She said: "You don't have the same confidence as before, what if you collapse in front of them, do you tell them about what you have, will they run the minute they find out you have a disability?"

In the end, Kelly did find a man who didn't "judge me or think that there was anything wrong with me".

Now she works part-time as a fundraiser for the Meniere's Society.

She said: "If you can't see the illness or disability, most people don't believe it's there.

"None of us know what's happened to the person next to us and they may look fine, but underneath that smile might be something different.

"People need to think about what they say and not be judgemental - that person getting out of their car in the disabled space who looks better than you do probably struggled to get out of bed or to shower."

Author: Sophie Jones
Source: Daily Star
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