Local teen gets support through therapeutic riding

karley hillSixteen-year-old Karley Hill exudes optimism and is able to share that optimism easily with others. Though it hasn’t always been easy for her to look at the bright side of life.

Hill, a junior at Penn Manor High School, was diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome in April 2012.

In her own words, Ehlers-Danlos syndrome is, “a genetic disorder, where there is a default in the collagen — the glue to your body — and everything’s loose; your joints and skin can be hypermobile.” Hill has Type III Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, which means her joints stretch further than normal, and can dislocate quite often. Because of this condition, she is in pain all the time, she says, but her bubbly personality would tell you otherwise.

In 2011, Hill’s shoulders started dislocating while she was playing basketball. After being referred to five different hospitals and having three surgeries in an attempt to help her shoulders stop dislocating, Hill was diagnosed with EDS.

Read more: Lancaster Online

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