The Fainting Goat Thank you for stopping by to learn more about Paxton.

The Background to Paxton’s Story:

here Some goats are known to faint. Paxton faints, but he has also been diagnosed with Dysautonomia. This means that the “auto” parts of his body do not work so automatically. Paxton cannot do everything he wants to do. But with support, he can learn to put the most important things first. Paxton’s story will be available soon as a fully illustrated children’s book.

Why Paxton’s Story is Important:

follow link Dysautonomia is often an invisible illness.  It takes the average person 8 years before they are diagnosed.  Once a patient is diagnosed, information is scarce.  As the author and illustrator, this story is important to me because I had Dysautonomia since childhood.  The most obvious symptoms were my fainting spells.  However, I was not diagnosed until the age of 28.  Even then, it took years of research on my own part to understand what was  happening.  Paxton’s story offers some light medical information, but focuses more on his social story with a focus on understanding and self-care.  This message is important for anyone of any age who has or knows someone with Dysautonomia.

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Other Life Examples:

Christina Tournant’s story is known to many with Dysautonomia, and it exemplifies the need for awareness, research and understanding.  You can read her story here on Syd Kay’s website.  Syndey Kay also suffers from Dysautonomia.


Here are my favorite places to learn more about Dysautonomia:

  • Dysautonomia International “is a non-profit that seeks to improve the lives of individuals living with autonomic nervous system disorders through research, physician education, public awareness and patient empowerment programs.”
  • Also aimed at “Promoting Awareness, Support, Research and Recovery,”   the Dysautonomia Youth Network of America is specifically  for children and teens.  The information is still abundant and relevant to all patients.  For example, information that can help younger patients with specific issues such as setting up an individual education plan is still useful to adults who may need to request workplace accommodations.  This site also provides a good focus on the socialization and peer issues.


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