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