A.S. Face 0220: Andrea Shelley

My name is Andrea Shelley from Bethpage, NY. I am a Registered Nurse, a wife, a daughter, a sister, a friend, and a Spondylitis Warrior. My favorite prayer is the Serenity prayer. “God grant me the Serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the Wisdom to change the things I can, and the Wisdom to know the difference.” Each and everyday I say this prayer to myself, it helps get me in the mindset to conquer the rest of the day. I was diagnosed with Ankylosing Spondylitis and Fibromyalgia a little over a year ago. Since then my world has been turned upside down, but I believe I have landed on top. I am no longer practicing Nursing, I am 26 years old, and receive social security disability. That statement now makes me proud rather than bring me down. I will take this opportunity to strengthen my soul, build up my courage for this battle, and still remember to retain the zest I have for life. AS has changed me, but it has made me a better person. I cannot deny that AS has taken so much from me, but I am adapting so that the new me can still be fulfilled. This life I live is a roller coaster of high highs, and really low lows. I am so lucky to have my loving husband, family, friends, and my little puppy that help keep me going everyday. Some of my favorite quotes include; Life is not about learning to survive the storm, but rather learning how to dance in the rain. True strength is keeping it together, when everyone expects you to fall apart. When something bad happens you have three choices. You can either let it define you, let it destroy you, or you can let it strengthen you. Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, ” I will try again tomorrow.”
Bethpage New York United States of America

16 Responses to “A.S. Face 0220: Andrea Shelley”

  1. Dear Andrea,
    Thank you so much for sharing your story with us. I was stunned to read your story, because you use the exact quotes that I do, to help me get through my life and it has. Those quotes have managed to give me the courage to make the best out of every challenge life has brought my way. I am able to look back and know that I lived my life to the best capability I could, and managed to live a life that was fulfilling and happy. One other quote that has helped me during my struggles is… Happiness is forgiving yourself for being human.
    Sincerely Cookie

  2. Thank u ur story was inspiring!i love those quotes!

  3. Andrea,
    Thank you for sharing your story and beautiful pictures. 🙂

  4. I was about 30 when I started with AS and psoriatic arthritis, You remind me of myself at the beginning of my journey!!! My mantra is Life is a Journey not a Destination and I am along for the ride. It has gotten me through the past 16 years, Keep on Warrior!!!

    • Tara it really inspires me to hear that you have lived this way for the past 16 years! It really gives me strength and more courage to keep fighting the good fight =)

  5. Very nice.

  6. Thank you, I needed those words.


    • Jacquie I’m glad my words could give you comfort or hope even for a few minutes. There is always going to be such hardships in our lives and thats when we need each-other the most ❤ Just keep fighting ❤

  7. Thank you for sharing your story. The pics are beautiful.

    • Thank you so much! ❤ I try to have as much fun as I have pain… so I have a lot of catching up on fun to do!

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