Roberts explained to BBC that the feeling she gets is akin to “the disorienting feeling you get after coming off a (ride) at the fair.” Roberts, from Berkshire, went for an MRI and after 6 months of multiple diagnosis she was eventually diagnosed with Mal de Debarquement Syndrome. Roberts explains that the illness is the cause of her perpetual motion sickness and it has ruined her marriage.
She explained that the illness prevented her from properly taking care of her autistic sons. She was also unable to perform daily tasks such as shopping or using computers, because they worsen the condition. However, activities such as driving, swimming and vigorous exercise have the effect of alleviating the symptoms.
Roberts saiys that she fears getting on a boat again, because it could be a great risk of worsening her condition.