Walk Your A.S. Off is a community organization that holds "virtual" walk events. Virtual simply means we walk where we live and work without the need to attend any events.
Walk Your A.S. Off 2016 event begins May 1st! Information about our fifth year will be coming online soon. Together we are beating AS one step at a time!
We walk not only for our health but to raise awareness of Ankylosing Spondylitis (A.S.) and the family of related diseases. We track our daily steps and set large collective goals. Our walks bring people & teams together from all over the globe, showing that a small group of people can take great strides to change the world.We're looking for volunteers for 2016 - come join our community!
Join a team or form one of your own! Meet the 2016 teams HERE.
Greetings My People, Take a breath, a moment and please read this. I know this time of year I’m a broken record. “Join Rockin’ Weebles: Weebles Kick A.S.!” All I am trying to do is shed some light on the disease that I and so many others have. It isn’t going away. It’s scary for […]
Thank you for coming back. Your emails have been very nice to read, and I truly feel your pain. The main objective of my story is to help others understand, and for you to hear from someone who has been very recently diagnosed with A.S. This article is aimed at the guys/girls who are brave […]
Photo by Hamed Saber TODAY IS THE DAY! IT’S TIME TO START STEPPIN’! It’s that time of year again…it is WALK YOUR AS OFF! W is for Waiting. It’s so hard to wait for the event to begin on April 1, 2016. A is for Awareness. That’s why we count our steps and promote this […]
Karen Swank-Fitch, Team Captain Team Fitch Feet, has some very wise and inspirational words for all of us. The Walk Your AS Off countdown has begun. Get ready to walk on April 1st, and please stop by and leave Karen a comment. There is this certain song that has stuck with me since I was, […]
HLA-B27 – These used to be just letters and numbers to me. But these numbers have changed my life in a blink of an eye, as they have yours, and YOU ARE NOT ALONE. And if this blood test is positive, we both have Ankylosing Spondylitis. It is a horrible autoimmune system disease that attacks […]
We like to challenge ourselves around here!
Here are a few of the challenges you, your friends, or your team can take.
Ankylosing spondylitis (pronounced ank-kih-low-sing spon-dill-eye-tiss), or AS, is a form of arthritis that primarily affects the spine, although other joints can become involved. It causes inflammation of the spinal joints (vertebrae) that can lead to severe, chronic pain and discomfort. In the most advanced cases (but not in all cases), this inflammation can lead to new bone formation on the spine, causing the spine to fuse in a fixed, immobile position, sometimes creating a forward-stooped posture. This forward curvature of the spine is called kyphosis.
AS can also cause inflammation, pain and stiffness in other areas of the body such as the shoulders, hips, ribs, heels and small joints of the hands and feet. Sometimes the eyes can become involved (known as Iritis or Uveitis), and rarely, the lungs and heart can be affected.
To find out more about spondylitis please visit these organizations.