2700 Here We Come

•May 21, 2022 • 1 Comment

I am reaching out to all of you to help me reach my goal of 2700 Faces of AS.
I have been working on this project since October 8, 2011, eleven years in the making still 495 to go to reach my goal, well was never my goal was a challenge given to me by Michael Smith who is Face 405.
If you have already submitted yourself then I ask you to reach out to others to also be included.
If you haven’t, I would ask that you consider doing so, all you need to do is submit a picture and your name.

Sharing your story is heart work. It’s not easy work, but it might be the most important thing you’ll ever do, because ……

“Sharing our truths can provide the opportunity for great healing.” — Kristen Noel

“There is a surrendering to your story and then a knowing that you don’t have to stay in your story.” — Colette Baron Reid

“Your heartache is someone else’s hope. If you make it through, somebody else is going to make it through. Tell your story.” — Kim McManus

“You are not your illness. You have an individual story to tell. You have a name, a history, a personality. Staying yourself is part of the battle.” — Julian Seifter

I know that when I wrote my story and left it on the website, I felt free. It was not as important for someone to read it as it was for me to write and leave it on the site, so I could be free of carrying it inside of me.

It is YOUR story, no one else’s, someone out there needs to hear your story or see your face and find hope there. You only have to include your picture, with or without your story, you can do a poem, quote or favorite song it is what you need it to be.
You can list your full name, first name or initials the choice is yours.
If you have someone that has left us and would like to share their story, I would be honored.
Please send your information to CookieHasAS@aol.com
With Faces in the subject line.
Either way thank you for being here….
Thank you all that believed in me.
Sincerely Cookie

One Face At A Time

•May 17, 2022 • 4 Comments

I am going to work on reaching my goal for those who believed in me.

One Face At A Time

•May 30, 2020 • 1 Comment

Please welcome our newest Faces of AS 


Fulfilling a dream

•May 30, 2020 • 2 Comments

It has been almost a year since I signed onto the Faces of AS website. I will be honest my being has been in so much physical and emotional pain I didn’t even remember its existence. I know there are a lot of you out there that know the struggles life has brought my way for the past several years, but the death of my grandson ….….

Anyway, the truth of the matter is that day by day I lost hope and the desire to finish this project long before the struggles began. It was hurtful to have people who said they believed in me not contribute to the Faces, it was hard to handle the begging that I felt I was doing just to get a picture and a name for a project that has been recognized globally. The hurt began  to grow because I felt I was in a world all alone and no one cared. I thought of closing the site many times, because of the yearly cost but it’s too important to let it go.

I only need 497 people to send in their picture with or without a story to reach Michael’s challenge to me.

My family consist of fighters and have overcome tragedies and struggles that many people can’t even imagine.
I am not a quitter…. So once again I am asking people to send their information to CookieHasAS@aol.com

I am working on going through 1000’s of emails so please be patient with me. I know that I have let people down with no intention to do so, but the worst part is I feel as I have let myself down.
I do not check the facebook messages so please email me at CookieHasAS@aol.com
Wishing you all the best.
Sincerely Cookie

Please Welcome

•July 25, 2019 • Leave a Comment

Our Newest Face of AS

Let’s Do This!

•April 24, 2019 • 4 Comments

Hello everyone,
I wanted to reach out to everyone and say thank you for your understanding and patience.
My goal for Faces of Ankylosing Spondylitis has not changed, and that is to be able to say Welcome Faces of AS 2700!
Today I posted Face 2128 which means we only have 572 people to go to reach my goal.
I started this project in October 2011 and hope to finish it BEFORE October 2021, which means I have two years to complete this project.

I am reaching out to all of you to help me recruit people to become a part of this project.
There are 2128 of you that believed in my vision enough to be a Face of AS and I am asking all of you to reach out to others and ask them to do the same.
It only takes a picture and a name, full name or just initials. You can submit only a photo, or along with a quote, phrase, your life’s journey, or anything you wish at all.

The Faces of AS has always been and will always be about what each individual needs it to be, it’s your platform to share what you want or feel you need to share. It’s up to you.
I need help from all of you to reach this goal and I hope you believe in this vision as much as I do.
Please send your information to CookieHasAs@aol.com
Thank you all so much in advance for everything.
Can’t wait to add you all and welcome you!

•October 8, 2011 • 6 Comments

SEND YOUR STORY TO CookieHasAS@aol.com

(Please read the section below in its entirety it includes the agreement

and purpose of this website and the reason I am doing this.)

Although the world is full of suffering,

it is also full of the overcoming of it.

 Hellen Keller

Welcome to The Faces of Ankylosing Spondylitis.

This Site Is Dedicated To 

Some Of The Strongest People

You Will Ever Know

It is time to let our skeletons out of the closet and let the identities of the awareness ribbons be known!

I am a follower of the Scar Project that represents the reality of cancer, courage, strength, and hope.

This site is dear to my heart, because I  have lost many loved ones due to cancer.

I also have a disease known as Ankylosing Spondylitis.

I have decided to do a project that shows our reality and what our lives are really like.

My vision is to collect twenty seven hundred plus faces on this site.

I hope you will take the time to read what these courageous and wonderful people have decided to share with you.

It takes extreme courage to reveal one’s truth.

This site was started because of one man’s courage to show his “truth.”

My dear friend Kevin Andrews.

This site is in memory  of and dedicated to Stuart

This site is in honor of Sara Frankl

The requirements  to have your face included on this site are:

You must have  Ankylosing Spondylitis.

You must include a picture of yourself.

You are welcome to provide only a picture, or a picture along with a story, poem, quote, whatever you wish to share about your life with Ankylosing Spondylitis. This project doesn’t have a deadline and you are free to add or update anytime you wish.

Please send your information to email address Cookiehasas@aol.com Please read the disclosure listed below.

I appreciate each and every one of you. Thank you. Sincerely Cookie

We look forward to hearing from you.

Everyone is encouraged to add comments to any of the stories. I’m sure the writer would love to hear from you. I know I would!

“Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls;

 the most massive characters are seared with scars.”

 Khalil Gibran








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