A.S. Face 0263: Laura Baker

I have been in pain as long as I can remember.  I’ve always been the weird girl, last pick for every team, always sick, and never has energy.  In my search for answers, I have seen many doctors, tried alternative treatments, and cried many tears.  No one believed me.  Doctors treated me like I was a hypochondriac or a pain pill junky, even though I refused their offers for pain medications.  Finally, in late 2011, I found a doctor who believed me and referred me to a doctor that diagnosed me with Ankylosing Spondylitis.  Even though I’m still in pain every day, I have a name for my condition.  I can seek out support groups and talk to others that understand my pain.  I will be forever grateful to the two doctors that believed me.  And I will forever be proud of myself for not giving up hope.
Laura Baker
Plainfield, Indiana United States of America
Diagnosed with AS in November 2011

6 Responses to “A.S. Face 0263: Laura Baker”

  1. Seems like you’re telling my story Laura, stand tall !

  2. I am glad you found some good physicians!!

  3. Thanks for sharing unfortunatly yours is not an unusall story for people with A.S, most of us have to wait so long to find out whats going on with our bodies, Nick

  4. Dear Laura,
    Thank you for sharing your story with us. Here is to NEVER loosing HOPE.
    Sincerely Cookie

  5. Hope keeps us going. Thank you

  6. Hi Laura!
    Thank you for sharing your story and beautiful smile. You are not alone.
    (face 199)

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