Article, Los Angeles Times, May 16, 2005, health section.
The print edition has the best graphic
illustrating the location and relationship of endolymph and perilymph
that we've ever seen (kudos to the L.A. Times artist, Paul Rodriguez).
(Disclosure: the MDIC was a source for the graphic.)
Unfortunately, the graphic is not available online.
Editorial by Dan Carlson, Black Hills (S.D.) Pioneer, February 10,
2007. Carlson describes his relapse -- with a vengeance -- after
many years of temporary spontaneous remission. Credit Carlson
with candor -- he admits what so many of us feel: he is scared.
Judy Carrow, disaster volunteer.
reunite Hurricane Katrina victims using her home computer out of
WIBW-TV, September 10, 2005.
Carrie Carter, M.D.
According to her
Carter is mostly homebound and often wheelchairbound due to symptoms
of Meniere's Disease.
Kristen Chenoweth, singer, actress.
Chenoweth writes of her Meniere's Disease in her
memoir, A Little Bit Wicked: Life, Love, and Faith in Stages, as
Publishers Weekly (scroll down).
Copithorne, former CEO of a
world-class public relations firm, has experienced deafness and
lifestyle changes due to Meniere's Disease. Copithorne is the
publisher of HearingMojo.com,
a treasure trove of news about hearing aids, cochlear implants, and
other hearing technology.
Rowena Silver authored an article titled, "A
Plank in Reason -- A Retrospective Diagnosis of Emily Dickinson,"
which offers evidence that Emily Dickinson suffered from Meniere's
Disease, and which was published in "The Disability Rag and Resource"
(now "Ragged Edge Magazine)
(P.O. Box 143, Lexington, KY 40201), May/June 1996, Vol. 17, No. 3.
Brian Evans, university administrator.
Brian Evans, Meniere's Disease patient and Brigham Young
University Chief Financial Officer, adds duties of Administrative Vice
President. Evans was diagnosed with Meniere's Disease three
years ago and has lost most of the hearing in one ear.
MacDonald was an anchor on WSOC-TV in Charlotte,
N.C., and later worked on the "American Journal" television
newsmagazine. She was diagnosed with Meniere's Disease in 1993
and later lost all of her hearing. She now has a cochlear
implant and is a Master Gardener for the University of Delaware.
Charlotte Observer, June 4, 2007.
Update: Meg renovates her home to
accommodate her Meniere's Disease.
Article, Wilmington (Del.) News-Journal, March 15, 2009.
Lisa McDonald, former Minneapolis city council
representative and former Minneapolis mayoral candidate.
The Daily Mirror, L.A. Times blog, August 13, 2009 (on the
occasion of Les Paul's death), reprinting an article dated November
24, 1991. "Since 1980, he has undergone quintuple bypass surgery
and several operations for Meniere's syndrome, a vertigo-inducing ear
Chris Potter, musician.
Article, San Francisco Chronicle, February 26, 2006.
Emusic.com. Subsequent to a diagnosis of Meniere's Disease,
Potter made a CD entitled "Vertigo."
B.J. Stelter, Principal of Bloomingdale High
School in Valrico, Florida, is retiring due to Meniere's Disease.
She struggles "with hearing that comes and goes.
Her balance is off. She says there are days when she staggers through
the hallways, appearing tipsy." The local homeowners association
created a scholarship in her name.
Article, Brandon (Florida) Times, December 9, 2005.
Elizabeth Anne Steward, community serviceperson
and Meniere's Disease advocate.
Swift, author of "Gulliver's Travels" and "A
Modest Proposal," suffered wracking dizziness and deafness from
Meniere's Disease, in Chuck Palahniuk's new novel, "Diary," according
to reviewer Sam Jemielity, writing in the
Chicago Sun-Times. Also see
There is much more about Swift and Meniere's on
Randy Thurman, multitalented artist, guitarist, poet, and
January 30, 2007.
Visit Thurman's profile/biography at Phil Brodie's Band
According to this article, Thurman was housebound by
Meniere's Disease for five years, which then went into remission.
Visit Thurman's website to see examples of
his artistic works.
Thurman is featured at the Monkdogz Urban Art Gallery
Vincent Van Gogh, artist.
Medical researchers have concluded in an
article published in the Journal of the American Medical
Association (JAMA) that Van Gogh suffered from Meniere's Disease and
Joni has also written a book for survivors of
suicide and other books. Here is a
link to her works.
Update March 12, 2007:
Joni has a new book in progress, "Illness
Speaks: Meditations for the Chronically Ill." Read about
it at her website
Joni has a free movie based upon her "Tall in
Spirit" book available at her website
The movie was a gift to her from her friend
Joni has a new book that will be published in
2008, "Block by Block, A 90 Day Spiritual Guide to Weight Loss."
Read about it at her website
Update April 18, 2012: Joni has published her first
novel, "Divine Adventures of Simon Templegate." Read about it
Update April 23, 2013: An article by Joni appeared
in National Catholic Reporter
Update April 20, 2017: An article by Joni, "Reach for
Mercy, Reach for Joy," appears in National Catholic Reporter, April 18, 2017,
WARNING: The following information is
Joanna Miranda, Honolulu mother of two
Honolulu media reports, Miranda killed herself and her two
daughters in the morning of March 22, 2004, leaving a suicide note.All three died from smoke inhalation from a fire in their house.
Miranda's husband, Wendell Miranda, said, through a longtime family
friend, "If anyone in your family is affected by [Meniere's Disease],
please be with them, please have the patience, please have the love."
The general implication in the media seems to be that Miranda killed
herself and her two daughters as a result of depression due to
Meniere's Disease, which may or may not be fair, but we haven't seen
any reported evidence that directly supports that implication.
As far as we know, the contents of the suicide note have not been
published. This story received a lot of media attention March 24
and 25, 2004, but we haven't seen any further results of the
investigation since then. (Disclosure: the MDIC is quoted
in some of the articles.)