A.S. Face 0394: Chris Scott

December 13, 1959 – July 12, 2018

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

12/13/1959 to 7/12/2018

6 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.

  4. God bless you Chris.I pray you rest in peace. May God bless your family

  5. So sorry for the loss of this man…I did not know him but there was a common bond between us both….we both survived AS! You fought the good fight and now you are at peace. I send love, light and hope to your loved ones. Rest in peace my friend!

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