A.S. Face 0404: Jack Slemin

I was first diagnosed with AS in 2005.I was 50 at the time. It was a life changing experience, to say the least, as I was forced to retire from my job of over 25 years of driving a semi-truck, sell my house, and make numerous other sacrifices. I went on SS Disability and now I am making less than half of my salary than when I was working.

Looking back on my life, after knowing what this disease is capable of doing, my late teen years with the beginning of AS, was horrible. I was forced to give up all the sports I played, even tho I was not that great at them, but that’s what my friends did, because of hip and back problems.
Well to make a long story short, being diagnosed with the disease in such an advanced stage, I cannot emphasize enough the detection and treatment as early as possible so the young people will be able to get a handle on this debilitating and cruel disease!
I have been on Enbrel since being diagnosed in ’05, and it seems that it has slowed, if not stopped , the progression of the AS.
I just want other AS sufferers to know that you are not alone in your battle with this unforgiving disease. I don’t know if this helps or not, but I truly feel your pain.
Sincerely, Jack Slemin
I hope some folks will know that they are not alone with their fight against AS and we feel their pain!
Indiana United States of America

5 Responses to “A.S. Face 0404: Jack Slemin”

  1. Wow Jack. One great story after another today. Two things about Jack’s story. First: “Early detection and early treatment”, Such a recurring theme in these AS storys. In the medical world, why isn’t “unexplained pains and pains that never heal” a fricken red flag for AS to doctors??

    SEcond:for all you young AS’ers out there. Early treatment! I loves Enbrel, but Enbrel doesn’t repair the “damage done.” Nothing does. So get on it, stay on it, if it doesn’t work than get on another, and another, and another until it does work.

  2. Hey!! I know you!! 🙂
    Hi Jack!!
    Thanks for sharing your story.
    ((hugs))
    Marti

  3. i see chicago bear here never change
    sorry buddy here white sox .looool
    thank for you story and u not alone here

  4. Dear Jack,
    Thank you so much for sharing your story with us. I didn’t get my diagnosis until I was 43 years old. I hope that Faces will one day make it where no one ever has to wait a life time for to be treated for this horrible disease. Remember from this day forward you are never alone.
    Sincerely Cookie

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