A.S. Face 0501: Sherri Sanford

My name is Sherri Sanford.

I have AS.  I went to my first Rheumie when I was 12 years old.  I don’t remember much of my childhood but I do think that appointment was for my knees.  I was finally  DX when I was 40.  Many, many Doctors later.  Really, everything started to make sense. I have been in pain all my life and that just didn’t seem right.  I am HLA B27 -.   I went through 4 pregnancies with dibilitating pain.  After I delivered my fourth child I had back surgery.  Discectomy and Laminectomy.  About a year later I saw that Neuro Surgeon again because I still had some pain.  The pain was better but I knew something else was still going on.  He referred me to a Rheumie in the same Hospital. In August of 2002 he called me and said I have AS.  I said “Are you sure?”  He said “Absolutely, unequivocoly, you have Ankylosing Spondylitis.”  That was that.  Alot of past surgeries and pains all started to make alot more sense. Surgeries and pain still continue…….I have been on Enbrel, Humira, many pain killers, anti-inflammatories and now Simponi.

It’s a daily battle…..fought hard…..


4 Responses to “A.S. Face 0501: Sherri Sanford”

  1. Ding, ding, ding, ding !!!! Congratulations Sherri !! You are the 501st customer to visit FACE’s of AS. We would like to show our appreciation by giving you an all expense paid trip to everybodys favorite getaway destination of, are you ready for this, the Holiday Inn in SUNNY Tulsa Oklahoma**! You and that special someone will spend three fun filled days touring the neighboring oil refinery, the Tulsa stockyards, and the worlds largest house of mud!!(actually, I luv Tulsa, the Gilcrease Museum has one of the greatest western art galleries in the world).

    You can exchange this for whats behind door number two, which is the burned out hulk of a 1971 Ford Gremlin so generously donated by FACE #400
    a lifetime supply of “Rice-a-Roni”, a San Fransico treat**!

    ** not valid anywhere in the continental United States or its territories.

  2. Hi Sherrie, I’m 52 and have dealt with this for as long as I can remember. I had a really hard time with doctors, then three years ago, found out it was AS. Did Humira for 3 years. nothing, now Simponi, just got my third injection, haven’t seen any improvement. Going back soon and will beg for Enbrel. Good Luck Girl! Suzanne

  3. Hi Sherry: I have been dealing with my A.S. for a long, long time as well, and was finally diagnosed at the age of 49! I am glad you joined our little community, and WELCOME!!!

  4. Dear Sherri,

    Thank you so much for sharing your story with us.
    Sincerely Cookie

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