A.S. Face 0164: Alisa Tanner

My name is Alisa Tanner.  I was diagnosed with AS in 1990 after suffering with Crohns disease for five years.  I was only 32 years old with two small children.  I remember how difficult is was to just function everyday much less care for my girls.  The fusing in my neck is pretty much done and I have lost all mobility.  I turn like a Robot.  My lower back and spine are still in the process of fusing even after all these years.  Now having lots of pain in my chest cavity.  Guess it never ends.  But I have found so much comfort in knowing I am not alone in this battle.

I love and appreciate all the thoughts and encouragement from the Faces of AS and Apples for AS along with other AS sites.  I no longer have to suffer alone.  I may have AS but I will not let it define who I am.  I am a fighter and with God’s help I will fight this battle with everything that is in me.  I am praying for a cure so no one will ever have to go through this pain but until then raising awareness of this horrible disease will help.  I am grateful today that I have the energy to do what i need to do to take care of myself and even a little extra most days to play with my grandbabies.

This is who I am.

Satsuma Mobile Alabama United States of America

4 Responses to “A.S. Face 0164: Alisa Tanner”

  1. Dear Alisa,
    Thank you so much for being a part of my vison.
    Sincerely Cookie

  2. Hi,
    Good luck, we are all in this together! I can completely understand the turning like a robot! 🙂 It would be funny to get all of us AS’ers together for a dance off! Take care and enjoy the support!

  3. Thanks for sharing your story. We’ll keep fighting together.

  4. Hi Alisa! So sorry about your chest pain, I hope it improves. Take care of yourself and have fun with your grandkids! Your AS friend, Claudia

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