Did Desiree Jennings, Cheerleader, Fake Disorder (Dystonia)?

July 24, 2010
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After 20/20 aired last night, a big search today is “Desiree Jennings, cheerleader, fake disorder?” Read more about the details of this story, plus you can see photos and a related video below.

Desiree Jennings Cheerleader






As a follow-up to the ABC news magazine’s previous story on her in December 2009, the focus has shifted and many are wondering, did Desiree Jennings, a cheerleader, fake her disorder?

Shortly after her flu shot in the fall of 2009, she started feeling ill. She had body aches and fever. Before she knew it, her walking was affected along with her difficulty in reading and doing some basic math skills. Additionally, her speech, which was hampered by some stuttering, was now sounding more like a British accent.

Jennings and her husband sought ought several doctors to try and find a cure. While at Johns Hopkins Hospital, she was informed of the disorder dystonia and found that many of the symptoms were similar to hers.

You may remember when video of her appearance on Inside Edition went viral last year, where we saw the pretty brunette have difficulty walking and problems with her speech. Running was not a problem, and even returned her speech to normal. A simple act of walking up the stairs proved difficult, and she has resorted to doing so backwards.

Now people are doubting Jennings’ symptoms. She told 20/20: “Why would I fake it?” I”ve had a great life. . . Now I’m sitting at home every day, bored to tears.”

Several neurologists were asked by 20/20 what they thought of Jennings’ condiiton, and they feel that it was not a result of the flu shot she received but instead, “It’s a psychogenic disorder rather than a neurological disorder.”

What do you think? Was it all a hoax? Desiree Jennings, cheerleader, fake disorder — all sounds like a movie in the making, doesn’t it? Give me your thoughts on this topic, plus you can see some photos and a video of her below.

Desiree Jennings Cheerleader





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27 Responses to “Did Desiree Jennings, Cheerleader, Fake Disorder (Dystonia)?”

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    Mavis Says:

    I believe her but the medical community has a lot of money and connections and they are trying to discredit her through several types of media as to not stir up the public and have everybody find out that these shots are completely useless and are only for making gobs and gobs of money!

  2. 2
    s Says:

    I think she probably faked it. Anyone can fake a disorder.

  3. 3
    Karla Says:

    I find myself doubting any Dr. who would make a diagnosis via a TV show. I had problems for years with my Gallbladder but no stones..it just went bad. Finally a test was done that confirmed it and I got relief. A few years later hurt my back and was treated with therapy, after 3 years, when it didnt get better, the Dr. did an MRI and found two herniated discs. I now also have Fibormyalgia, so I know how hard it can be when you are sick and/or hurting and can’t find answers.

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    Laura Says:

    I do not believe she faked this. I believe it is a physcial disorder and that she has suffered. The doctors simply haven’t been able to accurately diagnose and help her.

  5. 5
    taylor Says:

    i also dont think she faked this.. i mean who would. alot of people could go through this.

  6. 6
    Ryan Says:

    Really? You really think she’s faking???
    I can’t believe this is even a controversy.

    Psychological my a$$! The corporations that promote and sell these vacines are trying to distort the facts so that people can feel safe again and keep taking shots. If people stop taking shots then its bad business. So to get things back to normal, tell the world she’s faking and everybody feels safe again and gets the shot.

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    fancypants Says:

    I AM OUTRAGED AT HOW THE PUBLIC..(PEOPLE AND DRS.) ARE GOING ABOUT THIS. SURELY THIS YOUNG GIRL WITH EVERYTHING GOING FOR HER..BEAUTY, CAREER, SUCCESSFUL HUSBAND, AND FAMILY, WHY WOULD SHE FAKE A DISORDER SUCH AS THIS ONE?? BUT THEN AGAIN THATS HOW FOLKS ARE..THEY WILL JUMP AT THE CHANCE TO KICK YOU WHEN YOU’RE AT YOUR LOWEST POINT.THEY COULD CARE LESS WHAT EFFECT IT HAS ON A PERSON.ITS SOMETHING TO TALK ABOUT.THIS GIRLS CAREER IS OVER..SHE STAYS IN HER HOUSE, BORED OUT OF HER MIND AND WITHOUT THE HELP OF ANY DR.WITH NO”DIAGNOSIS.” WHAT DOES SHE HAVE TO GAIN FROM THIS?? YES I ALREADY KNOW THAT YOU’RE THINKING “MONEY” FROM THE SUING OF THE MAKERS OF THE “FLU SHOT”..WILL THIS GIVE BACK THE LIFE SHE HAD?? NO I DONT THINK SO. THANK GOD SHE HAS A WONDERFUL HUSBAND WHO LOVES HER ENOUGH TO TAKE CARE OF HER AND BE BY HER SIDE..AND A LOVING FAMILY..GOD FORBID SHE HAD TO COUNT ON ANY OF YOU OUT THERE FOR SUPPORT..WHAT A POOR EXAMPLE OF HUMANITY..MAKES ME SICK.

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    Barbara Says:

    I live in Southern Illinois in a very small county. At least 2 people from here took the h1n1 shot and ended up in the hospital almost paralyzed. Sounds a lot like this situation.

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    Terrie Says:

    FAKE!! She likes having her 15 minutes of fame. Psychology disorder..probably yes. The mind can really mess someone up.I’ve been taking the flu shots for years and all I get is a nice sore arm for a day.

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    J-lo Says:

    Can we hear opinions on this from someone who has the disorder? I could go either way on this one.

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