Why the Zebra?

I'm often asked "Why the zebra?" Why is my blog called 'Diary of a Zebra?'

Well, when medical students are taught "When you hear hoofbeats think horses, not zebras", meaning to look for the most obvious and common reason for a person's symptoms. 

Such as for fatigue check a person's iron levels, white cell count etc - looking for that horse, the common cause for the person's symptoms.

"We are a rainbow of possibilities"
However when no common reason can be found, often years later, someone starts to look at the rarer possibilities behind a person's symptoms. It can be a lonely and frustrating and difficult road to go down with many let downs and misdiagnosis'. But like zebra's, rare/complex illnesses do exist, just like zebra's. And like with a zebra's stripes no two cases are the same despite having the same diagnosis. Zebra's might look similar at first glance but thing a closer look, we like a zebra's markings, are unique. 

So those with rare and often complex/rarer illnesses, like myself are ofter referred to as 'Medical Zebra's'.

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