A.S. Face 0517: Chrissa Sansbury

My name is Chrissa Sansbury. I am 39 years old and I was diagnosed with end stage AS three years ago. Apparently I’ve been battling the disease as a teenager but my symptoms went unnoticed until the pain was too much to tolerate. My spine is fused all the way to my cervical vertebrae. I have limited use of my neck and my diaphragm only expands 1 cm, as opposed to a healthy persons 3 cm. The constant pain is difficult but I will not let it consume my life. I continue my job as a neonatal nurse and I try to live as close to normally as possible. I have AS but AS does not have me!

South Carolina United States of America

2 Responses to “A.S. Face 0517: Chrissa Sansbury”

  1. Wow. These people are amazing. One right after the other. Thanks for helping me get through my day Chrissa!

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

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