A.S. Face 0641: Lonnie G. Royal
I have been diagnosed with Ankylosing Spondylitis with Kyphosis around 2005, but it wasn’t definately diagnosed for the record until late 2007, and now I see some Rheumatologists on a regular basis. I also have a deformity of my right hand as a result of A.S. and it doesn’t appear to be able to be corrected, but I am fine with it and at least there is no more crippling at this time with the adjunct use of Humira and Methotrexate. I am also hoping to be attending physical therapy for both my right hand and my back to attempt to make a minimal correction to my kyphosis which causes me to lean forward and walk stooped over. I am content that I don’t have anything worse like cancer or missing limbs, but it has it’s own unique qualities that makes daily living a challenge.
I am 62 years old and happily married to my 63 year old wife who is understanding and watched me go from a 5’10” 210 lb healthy muscular man to a 5’8″ 160 lb man with A.S. and she is very very supportive and loving, and for that I am grateful to God to have given me such a wonderful partner.
With Kindest regards,
Lonnie G. Royal
Kentucky United States of America