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EXCLUSIVE: Yellow Wiggle, Greg Page, agrees to Interview with POTSrecovery

Handing over the Yellow Wiggledom
to Sam Moran
You heard it here first folks! I have received an email from Greg Page and he has kindly agreed to share with us some of his story on living with orthostatic intolerance.

He has asked that I prepare a list of questions for him. Which I will. If you have any questions that you would like me to include please send me an email at liz@potsrecovery.com.

Greg Page left the popular kids' singing group, the Wiggles, November 30 of 2006 due to illness.  Subsequent to his departure it was found out that he suffered from Orthostatic Intolerance.  Like many of us with POTS or OI, the diagnosis wasn't straighforward:
"We don't know what's wrong with him - he's had a lot of fainting spells, he's had a lot of tests done to work it out," she told the newspaper's online edition. "I spoke to him this morning and he said 'Yes, I'm tired, but the doctors haven't put a name to it yet, they just don't know.'" Dianna O'Neill on Greg's illness as reported in the Daily Mail on Nov 27/06
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I can certainly relate to someone whose fainting spells have mystified the medical community.  

I am not sure if Mr. Page realizes how helpful it is for people with this not-very-well-known condition to be able to refer to someone famous who also has the condition.  It somehow legitimizes the condition for some people, particularly the under 12 crowd.

3 comments:

  1. Wow, that is wonderful! I read Greg's story, and it sounds as though he is more functional and has found a good treatment plan. In my healthy days, I recall singing and dancing with my sons to the Wiggle's tunes. Hot potato, hot potato is forever etched in my brain. I do have a question for Greg I will email to you.

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  2. Congrats! Can't wait to read. I think the most interesting part will be how is coping this far down the track as opposed to the beginning.

    He did a big interview when the Research Fund was set up here a few years ago. I'll see if I can find the link to send to you. If I can't find it I'll scan my copy send you a copy.

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  3. Umm, I think you possibly mean Hypovolemia (low blood volume), not HypoGLYCEMIA (low blood sugar) although I'm not sure that's accurate. The problem lies in the autonomic nervous system not coompensating to keep blood pressure up so that the blood begins to drain from the top of the body too fast, causing fainting/near fainting, and/or unpleasant ill feelings such as rapid heart rate, fatigue, headaches, etc.

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