A.S. Face 0249: Tami Holm
I am 37 years old and have AS. I was first diagnosed a year ago after dealing with arthritis pain for 20 years. My first doctor told me to take an asprin a day and I would be fine. Since then I moved a got a new doctor who ran test after test. This became my normal. In 2002, while pregnant with my first daughter, I seemed to not have pain! I felt great and things seemed normal. But slowly the pain crept back and after the birth of my second daughter in 2006, the pain was constant once more. In 2007 I gave up on baby clothes with buttons and shoes with laces.
Finally, by the end of 2007 I could no longer work. I was a piano teacher and truly loved my job. It caused a lot of strain on my marriage as none of his family could understand my pain. So, by 2009, my husband left me and our daughters.
I was sent to a specialist and diagnosed with PsA in 2010. I was put on Naproxen and Tylenol 3′s. After more blood work and x-rays my doctors agreed that I have AS. I am now on Methotrexate and Humira as well as the others mentioned. I am tired all the time and the pain never stops, but that’s my life!
I have made so many friends along the way and feel good about myself! I am happy! This is not the life I would have chosen for myself, but it was the life that was chosen for me!
Vernon BC Canada