April 2015

Join Us For The WYASO Round-Up

The main event for Walk Your AS Off is almost upon us! Are you ready? I’m sure you are. Throughout the main event this year we will be running a weekly blog round-up of our walkers blog posts. The round-up is your opportunity to share your experiences with the whole of the WYASO community, and help to inspire and motivate each other. What is a round-up? A blog round-up is simply just a collection of blog posts about Walk Your AS Off. There will be a short description and link for each post, so you can read any post you want to in… Read More »Join Us For The WYASO Round-Up

The Walking Spondies Night Walker April Event Recap

Hi folks! I’m Carrie Kellenberger, and I’m Team Captain of The Walking Spondies in Taiwan. We’re an international team comprised of walkers from Canada, the US, the UK, Taiwan, and Australia. We held our first official Walk Your AS Off/WalkASOne event on Thursday, April 16th at CKS Memorial Hall in Taipei. This was also our first organized team walk, and we chose to host a night walk at the suggestion of one of our team runners, David Mitchell. Thank you for the fantastic idea, David, and thank you for getting there early to track the time and distance. Setting personal goals and… Read More »The Walking Spondies Night Walker April Event Recap

Let's Set Some Goals!

Hello WYASO Warriors! I’m thrilled to see what a great start we have for our 2016 spring season! The awareness that is happening in the AS community for AS Awareness month is stellar this year. There are blue toe nails everywhere thanks to Cookie Hopper and Helgi Olafson and the SAA Twitter & Instagram contest is in full swing. Sabrina is sharing her Daily Dose and those are just amazing this year. The talk of the walk is ramping up and new walkers are registering all the time! It’s not too late to form a team – stepping starts officially… Read More »Let's Set Some Goals!

Where Does Strength Come From?

I’m not sure if you noticed, but last week, no blog from me. I was in the hospital. Semi-not AS related, but come on, everything is AS-related in our bodies. I was MIA or as I like to say in-Kaiser-ated because my immune system allowed an insignificant insurgent bacteria to grow and duplicate and multiply and get way out of hand. Did it do this because it has been brainwashed to pay attention only to my spine or sacroiliac? Did my immune system miss a red flag when my armpit began to swell, redden and in the course of one… Read More »Where Does Strength Come From?

The Healing Power of Yoga

I started casually practicing yoga my freshman year of college. I took a Yoga class, and I was surprised to find how relaxed and energized I felt after each class. I noticed that my mobility was improving and my back did not hurt nearly as much after class as it did before. As my back and joint pain worsened through the years, I still found myself feeling my best after yoga class. I knew that I was not the most flexible, and no matter how hard I tried, I could not get my body into some of the harder poses. However,… Read More »The Healing Power of Yoga

Spondylitis Awareness Matters – Instagram/Twitter Campaign

Spreading awareness for a disease helps in all sorts of ways. Ask the ‘ice bucket’ people. For Spondylitis, awareness improves lives. Everyone ‘walking their AS off’ already understands this and has their own story to share. April is Spondylitis Awareness Month Saturday, May 2, 2015 is World AS Day Please join the Spondylitis awareness campaign this month and have a chance to win an ipad mini!  In my position at SAA and as a support group leader, I’m exposed to a lot of reasons. What happens when people are unaware? People ‘self medicate’ with alcohol and drug abuse. People break their neck with… Read More »Spondylitis Awareness Matters – Instagram/Twitter Campaign

The Impact of Ankylosing Spondylitis Awareness Month

April is Ankylosing Spondylitis Awareness Month. By raising awareness, more research can be focused on AS progression, treatment, and potential cures. One of the reasons why Walk Your AS Off is so important is the awareness it raises for Ankylosing Spondylitis. By raising awareness, there is a potential for more research to be focused on AS progression, treatment, and potential cures. One of the things I struggle with the most is that we are in the year 2015 and yet there are few effective treatments for AS and other diseases like it. Those that are effective come with a laundry… Read More »The Impact of Ankylosing Spondylitis Awareness Month

How To Sign Up For Walk Your AS Off

Find out how to register for the “Walk Your A.S. Off” awareness campaign. Subscribe to the AS Walk YouTube Channel today for additional tips and advice from Ricky White, our WYASO vlogger!

Virtual Tour of the New WYASO Website

The WYASO website has changed a lot this year. As many of you know, we have added new features to make logging your steps much easier. There have also been many other updates, so what better way to tell you all about them than with videos!! This is the first of many videos I’ll be doing for the new WYASO YouTube channel. Please do check them out for additional tips and advice. You can Subscribe to the AS Walk YouTube Channel today so you never miss a WYASO vlog. Enjoy!