So, EDS and Zebras, whats that about?
Well there is an analogy, when studying to become a doctor that, all ‘hoofbeats’ you hear are from horses (as in, occams razor: the simplest explanation is usually the correct one) For EDS, it’s the: ‘think different’ idea, not all hoofbeats are from horses, they could be zebras, so think outside the box in medical terms – personally I am not a fan of it, I think there should/could be a better mascot for EDS (zebras really have nothing to do with EDS other than the idea above!) But it seems to have been adopted by the community as a whole, I would love to know what do you think of it??
Here is how my Husband put it and I completely agree:
I tend to agree, it’s a poor choice of mascot, considering the ambiguity, and the negativity of concept behind it. Ambiguity in a mascot for raising awareness is a good thing, but only when it prompts a question that segues into a description of the disease itself. I know it’s truly the case that most people who get diagnosed with EDS get there by fighting their way there, but the mascot would be better focused on awareness of EDS as a condition in itself, and not in the difficulties of getting a diagnosis. ie. Making a statement of empowerment, rather than victimhood. – Keith
I think a lovely example is the EDS Awareness Irelands logo, it has far more thought gone into it, it is a willow tree and from their own Facebook page here is the logo explained (be sure to check that page out it is a fab source of support and information)
This is our new logo designed and donated by Eoin Myers from Cork!
Our logo has a great deal of symbolism behind it and is a great interpretation of our members. The design is dominated by a Willow tree which is very symbolic. The willow tree is flexible and can bend, unlike other trees, without breaking. Metaphorically, this means it has the ability to adjust and adapt to life rather than fight it. The willow grows very large and can grow from a solitary branch that has fallen into a watery area. This tree not only lives in less than optimal conditions but thrives. In relating this growing ability and flexibility to mankind, the willow symbolises that we all need to keep growing and reaching regardless of where we are planted. This is very true of E.D.Sers, both mentally and physically due to hypermobility. The trunk of the tree design is based around the human bodies vascular and muscle system. All these threads also interweave which shows just how tightly knitted our community in Ireland is.
As for a mascot for Dysautonomia, I dont know if there is one, I know there can be blue ribbons and the ‘Hope‘ rare disease logo but I think our Fainting Goat may be one of the first, if I am wrong please correct me, but if not, HOW COOL IS THAT?? again thanks to my hubby Keith for the design 🙂 It’s fun and quirky and so many people in the dysautonomia community have positively commented on its humorous aspect, and laughing at anything is the best part 🙂 🙂 🙂