The Cheering Section

It's Time To Walk!

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!

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?

Tiara's Tuesday Talk – Where We Go From Here

It was a dark and stormy night…. That’s how a good story starts right? No? Awe nuts. I’ve been thinking things over for a few days, well actually a week or so… Here we are at week 10. THIS is it. Reaching the moon… I wanted to make this a special post, to really put an EXCLAMATION on this journey we have been on together. As we approach the moon, there are a few things we need to clear up about it. First, it is not made of cheese.   Trust me on this one. I would have been the… Read More »Tiara's Tuesday Talk – Where We Go From Here

Tiara's Tuesday Talk – Our Daily Struggles With Exercise & Having A.S.

Tiara’s Tuesday Talk – by Sara Sheibley   This week I’m going to discuss exercise in a different manner. For most patients with Ankylosing Spondylitis exercising increaseS our mobility, flexibility and decreases pain and depressions. Many studies show this to be true however, the question is, what if we over do it? What if you set a goal but fail to meet it? Usually the side effect of this is feelings of inadequacy and depression which then increases our pain. Also, you can put yourself into a cycle of exercise, required rest, depression and then a lack of interest to restart… Read More »Tiara's Tuesday Talk – Our Daily Struggles With Exercise & Having A.S.

Musical Motivation Monday – Week Three

Go to any sporting event and you’ll find them. They can be in a squad, dressed as a mascot, or even the fans organizing the wave – Cheerleaders! The eternal pep squad there to encourage the players to do their best and to get the fans engaged in the game, set, and/or match. They even have their own competitions and cheerleader fans. We on Team Rockin’ Weeble have our own fans and cheerleaders dedicated to pushing us to walk beyond what we believe we can do and reminding us why we are doing this. One in particular is Andrew “Tom”… Read More »Musical Motivation Monday – Week Three