A.S. Face 0554: Kimberly Stewart

My name is Kimberly Stewart.  I am 32 years old. I live in Florida.  I am married with 3 children.  I hate this disease.  I’m so sick of the pain I experience every single day!  If it wasn’t for my children I would probably chose not to live this way, but they keep me strong and give me the will to live. I don’t wish this disease on ANYONE!  I am the face of Ankylosing Spondylitis.

Florida United States of America

7 Responses to “A.S. Face 0554: Kimberly Stewart”

  1. Dear Kimberly,
    Thank you so much for sharing your story with us.
    Sincerely Cookie

  2. Kimberly, I wish you all the strength in the world to cope with your A.S and family life it `s hard I know this as I am in the same position as you only have to see my grandkids and the thought of anything alse as gone from my mind . Peter 0286.

  3. Thank you for sharing, Kimberly. There is hope and grace in your eyes. You can make a huge difference. Never give up. Never.
    With high hopes for you, Brian

  4. Kimberly, you said what I am unable to say…I too have 3 kids on with AS.If it were not for them I don’t know how I would get through these painfilled days. Blessings to you. Kim Face 0488

  5. And a beautiful face it is my dear! Praying for you and your family and just hold strong to those precious children of yours…..They need you to go on as much as you need them!

  6. Kimberly, I know exactly how you feel. I have been “there” so many times. This is the hardest thing, awful, bad, horrible, I KNOW! In those times I choose to love my family more than myself, to KNOW that I have to be here for them. I have a mentally handicapped son, 28 years old. It has been a long road with him, explosive behaviors, many very scary, bad times. And I can tell you that on this life journey with him, every turn in the road, every detour, every horrible awful situation was a nessesary one. They all were for a reason, and the most horrific event led us to a place where we were able to find the help we needed after 21 years of searching and heartache. Today he is a calm, wonderful fellow, with a quality of life that we thought he nor us would ever have. Here is what I am saying, maybe I will learn something from my AS that I will need down the road, maybe through me and my “travels” with AS, I will be able to help my kids down the road, two of them show some AS related issues. So that alone will keep me stuck in the living, feet firmly planted on the earth. Bless you and keep you. Suzanne

  7. Kimberly: Welcome to our group! I wish you strength to deal with this awful A.S. Are you seeing a rheumatologist regularly, and have you been able to find any medication that works for you? I have not been doing so well with methotrexate, but am hopeful that Enbrel will work for me. (In a week, I will be able to take my first dose). Please know that you have friends here who ALL understand. Stephania #445

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