STANDING UP to POTS is committed to supporting research for postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS) and implementing POTS-specific solutions, resources, information, and programs while also increasing awareness about the disorder. Standing Up to POTS was founded in 2014 and is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that is run 100% by volunteers. All contributions to our organization are tax deductible.
Although postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS) is not visible or typically life-threatening, it causes an enormous emotional, physical, and financial burden to POTS patients and their families. The burden to POTS patients is made worse by the lack of understanding and awareness by most people, combined with some of the unique features of POTS, such as inability to be upright, frequent fainting episodes, adrenaline rushes, severe brain fog, pain, and the unpredictable flares of these symptoms. The high degree of physical disability, cognitive impairment, pain, and disruption to schooling/career/life plans leaves these patients with myriad challenges to everyday living. They often struggle with finances, relationships, daily chores, grooming, maintaining proper nutrition and weight, communicating their needs to family and friends, finding supportive social circles, finding social activities that work for them, and maintaining good mental health.
Our Vision: Empowering people with POTS to live their best lives.
Our Mission Statement: Standing Up to POTS will investigate quality of life issues, implement research-based initiatives to improve quality of life for people with POTS, and accelerate public awareness.
My daughter was diagnosed with POTS when she was 10 years old, and we felt very much alone in that diagnosis. We created Standing Up to POTS to generate a community of people who can support each other while pushing forward understanding of POTS. Before I ever had children, I earned a Ph.D. in Physiology and Neurobiology from Rutgers. I look forward to combining my roles in science with my passion about POTS to try to facilitate a difference in the POTS community.
At Standing Up to POTS, we are inspired by the courage of all who stand in the face of this invisible illness, and hope that your family will join forces with ours to make a real difference in the lives of those suffering from POTS. Please click the Contact Us button at the bottom of the page and tell us your story, or join us on Facebook!