Rest In Peace My Brother

•July 15, 2018 • 5 Comments

It is with a broken heart that I notify you all of the loss of Chris Scott. He passed away on July 12, 2018.

Chris was a dear friend of mine and my AS brother.

May you rest in peace….



Checking In

•June 6, 2018 • 3 Comments

Hello everyone,

I wanted to touch base with you and let you know that I am still trying to reach my goal of 2700 Faces of Ankylosing Spondylitis.

If you would like to share your story please email me at

I will be checking emails periodically, as at this time they are being saved to a file for me to go through at a later time.

I am taking a much-needed break for an extended period of time.

So please be patient with me.


Hopefully soon we will be able to say

Welcome Faces of AS 2700!


Wishing you all the best

Sincerely Cookie

Are You Up For A Challenge?

•July 8, 2017 • 1 Comment

July is going to be MY month! Not only because my birthday is in July but because I have something exciting that will be happening sometime during this month….but that is for a later time.

I have been working on The Faces of Ankylosing Spondylitis since October 8, 2011 and will be coming up on our 6 year anniversary.

Six long and amazing years dedicated to this project, and you all have been so amazing. This project has been honored by the Spondylitis Association of America, it has been recognized globally and so many other wonderful things! But………..

I still haven’t reached my goal, well not my goal but Michael Smith (creator of Spondyville) challenged goal and of course I accepted the challenge.

As of today we have 1788 Faces of AS we are ONLY 912 away from the goal of 2700 Faces!

So as people who live our lives with an invisible disease our goal is to bring awareness, raise funds for our foundations who work hard to raise awareness, funding for research and many other wonderful things.

So I have decided that I am going to combine all these things into one challenge.

I will and agree to donate up to $912.00 to these wonderful organizations. One face and one dollar at a time!

Here is how it will work.

For every person who sends me their photo with or without their story, they will add the organization of THEIR choosing for me to donate one dollar in their honor.

Spondylitis Association of America, National Ankylosing Spondylitis Society, Walk AS One, Arthritis Foundation. ? ? ? ?

You must include the name of the organization in your email when you send your information to me at

I will honor this challenge till we reach 2700 Faces of AS.

I know it doesn’t seem like much but when these organizations are funded and operate by donations EVERY SINGLE DOLLAR COUNTS!


So who is up for the challenge?

•October 8, 2011 • 6 Comments


(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 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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