A.S. Face 0237: Mitch Sizemore

My name is Mitch S., I am 46 years old, I live in Cincinnati, Ohio and have been dealing with A.S. for several years. I was diagnosed in 1994 but have had symptoms since the mid 80’s when I was still in the Marines. I take Humira injections weekly which has been a tremendous help for me. For many years I gave up on physical activity, most days it was hard enough just to get through a day. There were many days of being angry and depressed that I had to deal with this at such a young age. With the weekly injections I have been able to start being active again. It took me over a year to realize that I could be active again and how to manage my A.S. Over the last year I have lost over 45 pounds and I am in training right now to run in a Spartan Race in April and a Tough Mudder event in September. I fight the pain, stiffness, and fatigue every day, the workouts are hard to get through some days but I feel so much better. Even the bad days feel better if that makes sense. I am grateful and thankful that my treatments are covered through the VA. Anyway, I wanted to say thanks for doing this. Its hard to explain what A.S. is or how it affects us daily so its nice to see that you are trying to raise the awareness. A.S. may limit us, it may make the things we enjoy more difficult to accomplish but it doesn’t have to control us. I may not cross the finish line first in my races but just by finishing I will have already won.
Best wishes to all of you,
Mitch Sizemore
Cincinnati, Ohio United States of America

7 Responses to “A.S. Face 0237: Mitch Sizemore”

  1. Great story, and so happy to hear that you have been able to get back to exercising. I find that regular exercise is such an important part of my treatment–my body feels better and my mood is better–but sometimes it’s really tough to fight through the fatigue and pain.

  2. a wonderful reiminder!

  3. I like your awesome attitude!

  4. Just wondering if you have a good doctor in the Cincinnati area? My 18 year old son was diagnosed last year and lives near Cincy and needs to find a rheumatologist there. I have exhibited all of the signs since the early 90’s as well, but my doctors are sticking with Lupus and Spondylitlothesis/Spondylosis. I am 37 and starting to curve forward at the shoulders.

    Congratulations on keeping active!

    • Amber I get all my treatments through the Veterans Hospital so I see a group of doctors there. I haven’t seen a rheumatologist in the private sector in many years. I would recommend starting with one of the doctors at Cincinnati Children’s though. Dr. John B. Harley appears to be highly rated there. Good luck to you and your son.

      Thank you and everyone else for the kind words.

    • Amber, did you ever get a good recco for Cincinnati? I am starting my journey now and need some help with a good doc.

  5. Dear Mitch,
    Thank you so much for sharing your story. Just like so many of us, we battle the darkness of this disease to be able to find acceptance in our new lives. It isn’t about the winning or being first, it is about being a part of it, or knowing you did the best you could. I love your attitude, congratulations on your accomplishments!
    Sincerely Cookie

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