A.S. Face 0030 : Angela Reinhart

35 years old, but I feel 95

2 beautiful boys that I am incredibly blessed with

1 doctor that told me “some people just have back pain”

2007 diagnoses of Lupus

1 rheumatologist that would say “Hmm….well that didn’t work, what would you like to try next?”

2011 diagnoses of AS

1 rheumatologist that believes in me and is trying his best to heal me

4 months on Enbrel

6 months on Methotrexate

3 months on Plaquenil

2 weeks on Lyrica

1 Cortisone shot in the back

4 rounds of Physical Therapy

2 treatments from a Chiropractor that was supposed to “cure” my Sacroiliac Joint Pain

1,000,000,000 other treatments that never work

In this number game stands a girl who is riddled with pain and but takes in every moment she can, smiles, and laughs – this was the life I was given and I am determined to find the joy in every day.  My children are my strength and in that strength I am determined to live a long and healthy life.  I know that one day my spine will be shaped like a candy cane and that my ability to run and play with my grandchildren will be quite limited, but I will continue to smile, laugh, and take in every moment I can.  AS does not define me, it has changed me, but it will never define me.

Illinois United States Of America

6 Responses to “A.S. Face 0030 : Angela Reinhart”

  1. Dear Angela,

    I loved your number game! You are right AS doesn’t define who we are, it just changes us. We can still make our lives enjoyable, you just have to do it. I make every simple thing into something big. When my grandchildren come to visit, we eat on colorful plates and bright color glasses I bought just for them. It makes the simplest of joys life changing.
    Thank you for sharing your story with us.
    Sincerely Cookie

  2. I see you all the time, but would never know the underlying pain you deal with. You always have a smile on your face, and it’s quite clear those boys of yours are your strength, pride, and joy. I am amazed by you and want to be just like you when I grow up! Give em’ hell girl!

    Stacey Scott

    Stacey Scott said this on October 21, 2011 at 5:36 pm

  3. I love this!! Thank you for sharing!

    Deana Devries said this on October 24, 2011 at 3:17 pm

  4. Angela,

    If your spine is not fused, there is still hope as I wrote to someone else that a good chiropractor. All of them seem kind that I have met over the years, but when I found a Gonsted Chiropractor 14 years ago, he reminded me that the healing wouldn’t take place overnight and I had to be somewhat patient. It slipped out of place almost after he adjusted me for awhile. About a month or two later. Maybe three months, my muscles began to stabilize and support the joints. I was feeling some better. He has always been there and yes, I did have to go more often than others, but after a year, my spine looked incredibly different. Better. I think he kept me from suffering for a long time. I have a new chiropractor after moving who is good also. Not everyone is the same, but alongside deep tissue massage or whatever works for you, I had lots of relief from a massage therapist in conjunction with the chiropractor. I just was diagnosed this week. Now the pain is also in my peripheral joints. Knees, wrists, ankles and elbows at times. Just wanted to encourage you if there is hope in this area….. Not to give that up.
    Blessings to you. Hope you are doing ok……

  5. Angela,

    Good for you for maintaining your strength to enjoy your beautiful family. I was diagnosed with AS 2 years ago. I have had it since I was a toddler, just told it was impossible because I was not a boy. I found the best thing for me for some relief was deep tissue massage and yoga. I actually gained 1.5 centimeters in my spine after only going to vinyasa yoga 3 times. Your children will keep you young. The best thing you can do for yourself is stay active. I wish you luck as you continue to enjoy each moment!


  6. Dear Angela,
    I liked your story. I am 39 years old now. I was just diagnosised with this condition and I am trying to find answers
    I am another of 2 boys. Some days its hard yes but they are my strength and they are the way ursoe that keeps me going. Thank you for your story Angela reinheart.

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