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A selfie while I was working on some graffiti for layering on giclee prints. Chelsea Burns / Special to The Forum

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FARGO – Chelsea Burns’ perspective on life changed in 2010 when she was diagnosed with a rare autonomic nervous system disease called postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome.


“Having to live your life differently because you’re ‘sick’ alters a person. I don’t think my disease defines me, but I do think that it has changed me for the better,” the 30-year-old Fargo woman says.

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Meredith Holt
Meredith Holt is a Forum features reporter who writes a twice-monthly column on body image, weight loss (and gain), health and fitness. Her topics of interest include mental health, relationships and women's issues. She also does page design and copy editing, which she did for six years prior to joining the features staff in March 2012.
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