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Living Abroad with Ankylosing Spondylitis in Japan

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

The Beast Within – Ankylosing Spondylitis

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

Do You Have Persistent Back Pain? Here Is What You Need To Know

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