A.S. Face 0677: Scot A. Shaw

My name is Scot I’m from Liberty Mounds Oklahoma and I have AS. I was diagnosed with AS in 2009 and returning from a deployment in Iraq. I am sending you this email from a tent in southern Afghanistan.  It was a struggle to get the doctors to stop half AS examining me and telling me that back pain comes with being in the Army. I had a few ask me what kind of pain killers I was looking for because they could find nothing medically wrong with me. I am fused from my hips to my neck. It is hard to explain to people the amount of pain you endure just getting out of bed everyday when they can’t see any physical proof.

I just wanted to let everyone else with AS know to keep fighting.

Thank You

SSG Scot A Shaw              United States Army

Oklahoma United States of America


7 Responses to “A.S. Face 0677: Scot A. Shaw”

  1. Hi Scot 🙂 Your story is inspirational! Thank you for sharing it with others!

  2. Thank you for your service. I can’t imagine how you are able to cope with the pain and fatigue and still continue to serve. You are a Hero not only to your country but to us in the AS comunity. I will be praying for your safe return. God Speed.

  3. I can’t imagine the pain you’ve had to endure, carrying loads of gear everyday. Thank you Scott. Be safe.

  4. You are my hero in more ways than one! First, for your service to our country, second, that u have AS and are in the military! My daughter has inherited AS from me and wants to go into the military after college.
    I will pray for your safe return & God Speed!!

  5. Dear Scot,
    Thank you so much for sharing your story with us, and for the sacrifice given to our great country.
    Sincerely Cookie

  6. Scot, I admire your perseverance as a soldier; that’s not an easy career, even without the challenge of AS. Thank you so very much for your service to our country! It is very much appreciated, and another reason why I admire you. Once your tour of Afghanistan is over and you return stateside, I hope you will consider helping raise AS awareness. You are in a unique position, in that you have AS and you are also in the military. Your perspective as a soldier with AS can be very helpful to others in the military who have been diagnosed, or who suffer from “unknown” back pain. Good luck, and may Bod keep you safe and sound until your return home. Ty 🙂

  7. Agreed with all the AS’er s. You are a shining light for us all, thank you.
    Stephanie

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