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

2 Responses to “A.S. Face 0641: Lonnie G. Royal”

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

  2. Awwwww…the best love stories are AS love stories. <3. Don't ya think Cookie? (don't tell my co-workers in the heavy construction industry I said this…but then..they're all marshmellows inside too). You're a lucky man Lonnie. God does really give us what we need doesn't he.

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