Dysautonomia Support NetworkDSN is a U.S. based, 501 (C) (3) non-profit organization. Our mission is to provide support, resources, education, and advocacy for patients affected by the many forms of Dysautonomia and related conditions such as Connective Tissue Disorders, Mast Cell Disorders, Chiari Malformation, and Gastric Motility Disorders.
Our volunteer leaders, advocates and moderators are trained to help patients through every stage of their journey, from diagnosis to advocacy. We promote a positive but realistic environment and a sense of community in our national and state chapters.
We increase confidence and independence in our members by supplying them the tools, support, education and resources they need to adapt to life with chronic illnesses while challenging themselves to set new goals despite their physical limitations. Toward this end, we provide scholarships for education and grants for service dogs to enable our members to actualize their dreams. We offer closed support groups that provide our members a safe space to discuss their conditions and their lives. We also provide patients with many resources and have a large library of research about dysautonomia and its comorbidities.
This campaign expires December 31, 2018
Dysautonomia refers to a disorder of autonomic nervous system (ANS) function that generally involves failure of the sympathetic or parasympathetic components of the ANS, but dysautonomia involving excessive or overactive ANS actions also can occur. Dysautonomia can be local, as in reflex sympathetic dystrophy, or generalized, as in pure autonomic failure. It can be acute and reversible, as in Guillain-Barre syndrome, or chronic and progressive. Dysautonomia also can occur as a primary condition or in association with degenerative neurological diseases such as Parkinson's disease. There is currently no cure for Dysautonomia, but ongoing research is building a better understanding of many forms of dysautonomia and offering new hope.