The story of how Shannon Rose overcame EDS (Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome), and made something of out of his life is one that captures perfectly the power of the human spirit when it’s driven to survive.Shannon’s childhood was anything but ordinary, as he spent counltess hours at doctors and hospitals treating his condition. At the age of 12 Shannon lost the use of both arms and his voice for a year.
Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS), a disorder of connective tissue involving collagen mutations.There are six major types of EDS. All of them are under-diagnosed; an estimated 60-70% of the deadly Vascular EDS are undiagnosed entirely.
Shannon recovered from the paralysis in his arms and regained his voice, and turned it to his signature sound which he utilizes as a Professional Wrestling Ring Announcer.At the age of 12 the Make-A-Wish Foundation granted Shannon his wish to meet WWF icon Hulk Hogan. At that meeting, Shannon also met “The American Dream” Dusty Rhodes and the legendary Gordon Solie.Together, they molded Shannon into the Professional Wrestling Ring Announcer he is today. He started his career at the age of 14.“When I was 12 years old, doctors said I’d be in a wheelchair and wouldn’t be able to do what other kids do. But the words ‘I can’t’ aren’t in my vocabulary.”“As EDS National Spokesperson, I feel it’s my duty to let people know about this rare illness and to let them know that it doesn’t have to be catastrophic.”
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