Image Source (Creative Commons) Guest post: Anita Dasson I’ve had chronic pain on and off since childhood, and have now been diagnosed with Ankylosing Spondylitis and a few other health conditions. I had an MRI for my spine yesterday. I’ve received the films and I am waiting for the report and specialist consultation. Although some areas on the films look suspicious, I can’t help taking the films out and trying to make sense of them over and over again. Waiting is the hardest bit. There are lots of conflicting thoughts and anxieties bounce around inside my head and heart. What’s… Read More »Walk With Me A While
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Guest Author: Christina Lowe Do you ever feel like you’re always saying yes, but your body is screaming NO! I will be the first to admit it, so no one feels guilty right off the bat, I am horrible at saying NO. Especially when I want so very badly to say YES. I have always been that person that has gone, and done, “Oh sure, I don’t mind.” Until I sat down in the car, or got home that night and the day caught up with me. I started to notice something wasn’t quite right, and it’s not just because… Read More »Just Say NO
In November of 2015 I packed my things, moved out of my apartment, sold my car, and went to Japan. It’s a cliche expat story, but it’s mine! Any person would be nervous about a move of that magnitude. New language, new culture, new job, new home, new everything. I had to move my AS there with me too, so in addition to all that I had to worry about a new doctor, a new climate, and a whole new lifestyle. Allow me to paint you a picture of then and now. Virginia, USA I wake up early, 5:30 or… Read More »Living Abroad with Ankylosing Spondylitis in Japan
My name is Lynne McDonald and I have Ankylosing Spondylitis. I have had symptoms since I was 19, diagnosed officially when I was 49, and am now 63. It has been a long, trying battle of “me” against my body but I have fought on. I have tried numerous rheumatologists with all the same answer; drugs, see which ones work. None did. They made me feel worse. When they brought up the subject of Enbrel, I headed for the door in full fleeting mode due to reported side effects of certain blood cancers, which have a high occurrence in my family. I was even told by one rheumatologist not to come back… Read More »Why Walking Makes Me Feel Better – Keep Moving!
Guest Author: Shalva (Brenda) Berger There once was a life. Within this life there was a strong, loving woman full of faith. She had encountered many obstacles in life. Yet, regardless of the obstacles, she persevered through them and instead chose to embrace the small joys that were presented by each day. This woman adored children. She became a teacher and taught them not only academics, but also values. Revealing that every student and child within her classroom mattered, regardless of their race, background, struggles, or special needs. This woman loved her own children as the precious gifts they were,… Read More »The Beast Within – Ankylosing Spondylitis
Guest Author: Micki Hogan There is a disease out there crippling people. This disease is vicious. It can cause unfathomable pain. This is a disease few have heard about. We are talking about Ankylosing Spondylitis. Ankylosing Spondylitis is a autoimmune/anti-inflammatory disease that primarily affects the spine, but AS is a very powerful disease that can take control of someone’s life if they do not receive a proper diagnosis. Living undiagnosed is something many people do every day. They suffer and wonder why? Why am I in so much pain? Some have been lost not knowing the disease could even be a… Read More »Do You Have Persistent Back Pain? Here Is What You Need To Know