Hi, I am 13 year old Kennedi Dotson. My journey started at the early age of 4!! Joint pain, multiple dislocations, GI troubles, headaches, rashes was just some of my early year battles.
My passions are to spread awareness about invisible disabilities, illnesses and conditions; along with my personal experience.
IDA Junior Ambassador – Ohio
Hi, I am 13 year old Kennedi Dotson. My journey started at the early age of 4!! Joint pain, multiple dislocations, GI troubles, headaches, rashes was just some of my early year battles. Spending lots of time in Children’s hospital and having more specialty doctors then I could count. By the time I was eight I was diagnosed with Ehler Danlos Syndrome, IBS, and fibromyalgia. As I got older I started having Mast cell and POTS symptoms. Dealing with all these as well as severe anxieties and then later depression.
When I learned about the Invisible Disabilities Association, I knew I wanted to be an ambassador, and spread awareness, and be a voice for others who have yet found their own. I know what’s it’s like dealing with all these issues, while not being believed, or heard. As well as the terrible feeling of feeling all ALONE!
During my journey I have tried to teach myself sign language to also communicate with hard of hearing and the deaf community.
I have been involved with pageants for many years, I have held several state titles. I currently hold the title for USAM Cardinal State Jr Teen Ohio. Through pageants I have found my confidence and my voice, along with my platform “P.U.S.H” which stands for “Please Understand Silent Health” Issues.
Through pageantry I have had the opportunity to speak to my community and have been invited to speak at other pageants about my journey.
As well as pageants I’m involved in my community any way I can, riding horses, 4-H, speed competitions and barrel racing; and I’m currently the 8th grade student council representative at my school.