Introducing Paris, our #WarriorOfTheWeek! ✨ Hear her #VisualSnow story…

Spotlight on: Paris Haigh 💟

“Hi it’s Paris from Scotland and for as long as I can remember I have had visual snow, and I could usually filter out the static. When I found out no one else could see these dots I put it down to my autism and sensory processing disorder. I have been noticing it being a lot more prominent recently which seems to coincide with me having many physical sensations down the entire left hand side of my body which they think may be nerves in my synapses misfiring due to the way my brain is structured (autism). After finally finding out about visual snow syndrome, I actually felt very relieved as for years there were points I was convinced that I was going blind, which added greatly to my already severe anxiety. If I told anyone about any of these symptoms it was always just put down to anxiety. As well as after images, trails, flashes, ghosting etc. it also now explains why the world always feels and looks as though it’s moving, and also why I feel as though I am detached from my body which could make something as simple as walking down the street a challenge. I also experience visual stress which I wear coloured lenses for, which seem to lessen the VSS symptoms a little. I am just so grateful that I found out about VSS because it has caused so much relief around my worries regarding the scary sensations and things that I experience.”

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