A.S. Face 0433: Brandi Holland

My name is Brandi Holland.  I am from Verdigris, Oklahoma.  I am 45 and was diagnosed on April 24, 2012.

I am 45, married and the mother of three girls, ages 24, 19 and 14. I have two step-children, both grown, and 9 grandchildren.  I live in Oklahoma. I was diagnosed on April 24, 2012.

Each day is like opening a box of Craker Jacks; there is always a prize, but I never know what it will be or how much I will enjoy it.  For the past few months, I have been in pain daily.  For most of my teen and early adult years, the pain would come and go.   I was told my symptoms were because of this and then because of that, each time with a new medication or a new test or new doctor.  I began to think that maybe I just was not strong enough and needed to tough it out.   Nobody that young, that active and seemingly healthy could feel that bad.  Had to be all in my head, right?  Finally, after 30 years of symptoms, my Orthopedic Surgeon’s PA sent a referral for me to see a Rheumatologist.  That was my golden ticket.

In 2009, I had a partial hysterectomy.  In December 2011, I had arthroscopic knee surgery to remove a torn meniscus. In February 2011, I had a right total knee replacement, and in March 2012 I had arthroscopic surgery, again.  I think the surgery in 2009 began my downward course.  I have never been the same physically since then.

I try not to let things get me down, but they do.  However, it is up to me to see the bright side of things, so I plan to make the most of each day; even if that means the most I can accomplish is resting on the couch enjoying the peace and trying with all I my might to ignore the pain.



Oklahoma United States of America

2 Responses to “A.S. Face 0433: Brandi Holland”

  1. Hi Brandi,
    I am from Edmond,Ok!!!! It is always nice to find another Oklahoman!! Like you, I had numerous surgeries fairly recent to my diagnosis of AS.
    I was diagnosed at age 58 in 2005 after years and years of symptoms!!! Your positive attitude will keep you healthy emotionally and there are really tough days. I use the message boards for support and help.
    Thanks for your wonderful letter. I wish you well!!! Kay

  2. Dear Brandi,
    Thank you so much for sharing your story with us.
    Sincerely Cookie

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