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 spring event begins May 1st! It's not too late to join or form a team. 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.
a team or form one of your own! Meet the 2015 teams HERE.
Did you count your steps today? Are you more mindful of your steps now that you have been counting them? This is weird, but I count people in a room. It’s a habit I was taught. I started working with kids when I was fourteen. As a camp counselor, youth groups counselor, teacher and as […]
Welcome to the third WYASO Round-Up. This is your chance to catch up on all the amazing things that the WYASO community have been up to in the last week. If you didn’t catch our other round-ups, you can read week one and week two by clicking on the links. The LOVE Run in Taipei – The Walking Spondies […]
Welcome to the second WYASO Round-Up. This is your chance to catch up on all the amazing things that the WYASO community have been up to in the last week. So with out further ado, we’ll jump straight to it. World Autoimmune Arthritis Day 2015 WAAD2015 is a global online nonprofit car race around the […]
On May 15, 2015, two members from The Walking Spondies participated in the LOVE Run in Taipei, Taiwan to help raise awareness for Ankylosing Spondylitis and associated diseases. Together, they logged over 30,000 steps during their race for our team. David Mitchell from Scotland and Saou-Wen Su from Taiwan, along with over 3,000 other marathoners, began their race […]
I was planning on writing about how people with chronically painful illnesses are dimensional and should not only be viewed through the lens of their disease…and it would have been a mighty post and it would have inspired many, but in fact, that’s not my mindset right now. Right now I am in grieving. I […]
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.