A.S. Face 0134: Daryl Lee Morris
My name is Daryl Lee Morris and I am 52. I have had various undiagnosed ailments since I was 15 years old. Prior to getting diagnosed with AS four years ago, my treatments included two unnecessary hand surgeries, back traction, knee draining, steroid shots, depression medication and physical therapy. Now I am on weekly Humira injections and various other drugs. While it was a relief to finally get an answer about why I’ve had pain and weird symptoms most of my life, it is also difficult at times to deal with day-to-day living. Not many people have even heard of this disease and it doesn’t show outwardly (yet!) so it is hard to explain how I can feel fine one day and get a flare-up the next. My biggest fear is that one of my children will have it too. So far, two of them have been tested and do not have the HLA-B27 gene… I feel a sense of solidarity with all of the “faces” here. Thank you, Cookie, for creating a place of comfort and familiarity for those of us who live with AS.
Chester County Pennsylvania United States of America