A.S. Face 0394: Chris Scott

I’m Chris Scott. I am 52 years old and was diagnosed with AS in 1999. That whole joke about things falling apart at 40 was coming true. I live in Southeastern Ohio with my wife Carol, and our pooch Kadie. I have worn many hats but the ones I am most proud of are those of a firefighter/paramedic. 25 years in the Fire service.

I have been through the gambit of meds, DMARDS, NSAIDS, Biologics. Currently on Humira.. I’ve had a Spinal Cord Stimulator implanted to help control my back pain. It’s great. I’ve had 1 unsuccessful lumbar fusion surgery that left me with neuropathy in my legs. In 2008 I finally had to give up the 9-5 grind and started waging my battle for disability. That was a 2 ½  year struggle that we finally won last year.

I keep my time occupied with a small graphics business in our home. I enjoy being outside as much as I can, and staying as active as I can. I have resolved to myself that I am going to hurt but I’m not going to let the AS win. It’s a daily war against the monster, but I won’t give in to it. I still enjoy a crappy golf game, that has got a bit better with AS.

I have met many wonderful folks through various AS websites. We have traveled to several AS get togethers across the Midwest and into Canada, and have hosted a party or 2 here. ASers are a special breed. You will be really hard pressed to find a more determined, courageous and strong bunch of people. I love them all..

That’s my story in a nutshell.. Keep Kickin’AS!!

Ohio United States of America


4 Responses to “A.S. Face 0394: Chris Scott”

  1. I really believe in every word you said there chris u don’t know me but I too am 51 and just like u I am from Ireland best of luck with the struggle

  2. Dear Chris,
    Thank you so much for sharing your story with us. I agree we are a great breed!
    Sincerely Cookie

  3. Hi Chris! You are right ….we are a great breed!! 🙂
    Thank you for sharing your story.

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