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Lonely on Halloween because of Ehlers Danlos Syndrome

Ah, Halloween… memories of costume parties and parades at elementary school, (lots of) candy, the excitement of planning and putting together a costume, carving pumpkins, trick-or-treating long into the night… it puts a smile on any nostalgic Halloween lover’s face. I am fortunate enough to have memories like these of my own, but as I’ve gotten older, they have been tainted by illness. As a child, without fail, I would always get sick with something around Halloween (I have now been diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome and many other illnesses. Looking back, I realize I should have been suspicious of those frequent infections and constant general health issues). I always worried it would affect the big night, but I usually persevered.