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!
Photo by Hamed Saber TODAY IS THE DAY! IT’S TIME TO START STEPPIN’! It’s that time of year again…it is WALK YOUR AS OFF! W is for Waiting. It’s so hard to wait for the event to begin on April 1, 2016. A is for Awareness. That’s why we count our steps and promote this annual event—to create awareness. L is for Line-Up. Your line-up, your team, your motley crew—the people that are on your side. K is for Kicking AS, because that what we do—WE KICK AS. Y is for Yes. Yes, you can take one more step (and then… Read More »It's Time To Walk!
Hey walkers! For our die hard walkers – get ready for some changes coming this year that I think will shake some things up, focus the participation into various areas, and allow us to draw more friends and family to our cause! For newcomers – WELCOME – we’re thrilled to have you join us! A quick synopsis of WYASO 2015 (details to follow soon): 1. The official walk will now be held in the month of May with April being a training and recruiting period. Any steps taken during this time may be submitted. (more on this below) 2. Sign up… Read More »New Dates For Walk Your A.S. Off 2015!
For our third year of Walk Your A.S. Off we decided that we had to become “Champions of World AS Day” since we have our finish line every year on this important day. Also since we are a worldwide walk we thought we could be a place for the organizations and people across the globe to come together. And… well, someone needed to do it! We’ve set up a new Facebook page for World A.S. Day and Walk Your A.S. Off celebrations! This page will be for everyone – no need to have been part of the walk to participate… Read More »Our World AS Day Events & Comittment
Here we are AS-tronauts – stepping off for week nine on the first leg of our journey to Mars. What a ride it has been! All of us have contributed over 340 million steps so far we are zooming right along. As I was contemplating our motivation this week my strongest supporter, my mother, said something I found really interesting, “sometimes motivation comes from habit”. The more I thought about it I agreed with her. Think about it…each day we strap on our pedometers and walk around with it all day. We do it for ten weeks and along the… Read More »Motivation Monday – Keeping The Habit
What an amazing job everyone! Here’s the break down: Total: 341,341,683 People: 330,649,767 Paws: 10,691,916 Let’s finish strong! We’re averaging around 63 million steps per week which is just awesome everyone! We have a couple of big walk events coming up that will add some pretty big numbers but I’d love if we could hit a BILLION steps this year (might be a stretch but we’ll be posting some ways to get additional donations in the next couple of weeks). Last year we took 654,568,770 collective steps. Do you think we can hit a BILLION this year? For… Read More »Step Totals – Week 1 Through Week 6
by Heather Stewart “MISSION TO MARS is ready to Blast Off”, is what Marc Goodwin of the Rockin’ Weebles: Weebles Kick AS told his long time friend. You see, Marc is a trail runner and his friend has AS so when Marc saw posts about the Rockin’ Weebles and Walk Your AS Off he decided to talk to his running friends about AS and see if they would contribute their steps to our Mars journey. Then he took it one step further… I am pleased to announce that this year participants in the Down To Run Endurance Challenge have the… Read More »MISSION TO MARS is ready to Blast Off
Is everyone gearing up for our 2014 Walk Your A.S. Off! Just five days to our starting line for 2014! If you needed more reasons to give your friends & family to join us and walk – well here are 5 reasons although we could come up with oodles more! 1. You already walk everywhere you go – why not make those steps meaningful and contribute them to our cause! Shoot – add in your pooch’s steps too! 2. Our walk is great motivation! We’ve got thousands of people walking together and cheering each other on! The health benefits… Read More »5 Days to Starting Line And 5 Reasons To Walk With Us!
Walk Your A.S. Off is thrilled to announce the winning design in our 2014 t-shirt contest! Congratulations to Melissa Levanduski – great job!!! “This t-shirt contest was an artistic outlet for me to open the door to help raise awareness for a great event, Walk your A.S. off, and to educate others about Ankylosing Spondylitis. All of the t-shirt designs were so wonderfully creative! I am so humbled and honored that my design was chosen to be used for the official 2014 Walk Your A.S. Off Campaign. This autoimmune arthritis is so personal for me as my younger sister and… Read More »Our 2014 Booster T-Shirt Has Been Selected!
Can you believe it? We’ve been walking together for 55 days! I know we can start to get weary at this point – but I also know that since we are ASers (both literally & in spirit) and because of our life experience of living with challenges day in and day out – that we can make it to the end! We will start posting our Super Steppers! Super steppers are folks who have showed heart, gut, and perseverance during this event. Get those steps in, recruit a friend or two in these last 10 days, spread some AS Awareness and be a… Read More »Let's Finish STRONG – Only TEN Days to go!