"When you hear hoofbeats, think of horses not zebras" — that’s what medical students are usually taught, referring to diagnostics, i.e. one should look for the more common and usual, and not the surprising, diagnosis.
People with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS) often spend years and even decades trying to find explanation to multiple symptoms. They are repeatedly not taken seriously, as the doctors can’t find anything definitive that can explain their symptoms or simply know little about the syndrome. Many of these people remain undiagnosed, constantly being told that the illness is in their heads, which eventually leads to mental health problems, anxiety and social isolation. That is why the zebra has become the symbol of EDS, which says “Sometimes when you hear hoofbeats, it really is a zebra.”
We’ve all got both light and dark inside us. What matters is what side we chose. The zebra on the painting is in-between the dualities. However, it choses to step out of darkness and face the light. It is not fighting the darkness, but accepting it and letting it be around. When coming into the light, the darkness doesn’t seem wicked and grim anymore — it turns into branches, which start to put forth new leaves, symbolizing life and hope.
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