Position: PoTS Patient & NHS Development and Improvement Manager
Location: Manchester, UK
Anita Kiernan is a 42 year old PoTS patient who lives in Manchester and currently works for the NHS as a Development and Improvement Manager in the mental health and learning disability commissioning team. She enjoyed a career as a Community Nurse in Salford before being redeployed to an office-based NHS role in 2008 due to a deterioration in her medical condition. Anita and her husband Eric happily became parents to Eva in 2009, which was also when Anita finally received a formal PoTS diagnosis after a 14 year journey. Having lived with postural hypotension, PoTS and reflex syncope symptoms since she was 16, including several years of collapsing 20-30 times a day, the long road of rehabilitation continues to this day...fortunately, though, she is much less likely to be found on the floor nowadays!