They had honored us by approaching me about posting stories on the site, I figured we would be mixed among the Your Stories section. Humbled by the request I couldn’t say no! Imagine my suprise when I realized that they kindly designated a complete section to us. A WHOLE SECTION and PAGE! It doesn’t get any better than that folks!
We did it, ALL OF US, together, everyone who submitted their story, shared their story, tweeted, forwarded, read, posted and shared, every thing any one did made a difference to bringing us to this point in Ankylosing Spondylitis history.
I hope this will encourage others to follow their hearts and know that you can be the change you want to be, you just have to do it.
For me personally this has been life changing, heart lifting and soul healing, because I took a lifetime of what a disease took away from me, BACK.
I took back all the pain, the depression, the hell that the doctors and this disease put me through and made something beautiful out of it.
Today when I woke up, my spirit was light and soothed, my albatross (A.S) no longer has the power it once had, I am looking forward to seeing what I can accomplish next.
Thank you all for a remarkable year.
Spondylitis Association of America…. I am doubtful you will ever realize the magnitude of pride, you have given to each and every one of us, by not only validating us as human beings and individuals but by giving a voice to be heard, and a place to be seen.
I will be forever grateful,
Sincerely Cookie Hopper
Thank you so much! It is our immense pleasure and honor to give a second home to your beautiful Faces of AS project on SAA’s website. We share the same goals and dreams, and it’s a wonderful thing when we can all work together to move closer to them. Your project has already given the over 600 people a voice, YOU did that; and if we can help amplify those voices so more people hear them – we are thrilled to do it!! ♥