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!
It’s that time of year, the Holidays. We always end up trying to figure out how to not end up in a flare. So, I asked some of my chronically-ill friends what they do or what best practices they would share with others. Avoid people It seems a little anti-social doesn’t it for such a social time but it is great advice. Try to avoid large crowds. I know we’re already after one of the major shopping days here in the US but you can still get caught up in the crowds. One way to avoid the crowds is to… Read More »Five Tips for Staying Flare Free Over the Holidays
I’d never given Mount Fuji a thought before I came to Japan. Even when I arrived here nearly a year ago it seemed a vague and unattainable thing; something merely depicted in art, pictures, and advertisements. Most of the people I asked about it had only seen the mountain from afar. Yet somehow the hair-brained idea of climbing Fuji slowly but surely crept into my mind. I was diagnosed with Ankylosing Spondylitis(AS) my senior year of high school. With lots of patience, and lots of Enbrel, I was able to get it under control, and had the privilege of studying… Read More »How I Walked My AS Off — Charlotte's Story of Climbing Mt. Fuji
Welcome to the final round-up of the WYASO main event. We do hope you had a wonderful time participating in this years walk, and we hope you achieved your own personal goals too. We’d like to thank everyone for their hard work and dedication to raising awareness for AS. Without the support of each and everyone of you there would be no WYASO. You make this the success it is, and we are truly grateful. Walk AS One at the Rose Parade, Oregon. Bree Trejo and members of her WYASO team Perseverance Warriors, walked under our new global charity name, Walk… Read More »WYASO Round-Up Finale 2015
With each year that has passed Walk Your AS Off has grown. Every year we add new teams and new walkers to our community. This year has been no exception. I’d like to introduce you to two of our newest walkers, husband and wife, John and Denise Peterson. Both are members of the team ‘Making Trax’, which is captained by Ricky White. How did you come to find out about the Walk Your AS Off? “I met Ricky while playing online chess at Chess.com in our group called The Friendly Knights. We had been playing back and forth for maybe… Read More »Walker Spotlight – Mr & Mrs Peterson