A.S. Face 0706: Chelsea Breaux

My name is Chelsea Breaux. I am 22 years old, live in southern Louisiana with my husband and our 2 dogs, and I am the face of Ankylosing Spondylitis. I was diagnosed about a month ago. My doctors believe I may have something else alongside the AS, so we shall wait and see. My journey started when I was in 3rd grade and was diagnosed with Osgood-schlatter’s Disease. After a few years of suffering with that I went into “remission” (til I was about 15 yr. old) then I started to have pain in my knees again. This time it was different though because I was also experiencing pain in my lower back and all over. Since my knees were always such a big deal I didn’t pay much attention to my back pain and continued going to doctors just for my knees. After about 6 years of not getting any answers and being completely frustrated I decided I would just go to a rheumatologist and start from scratch. Forget the past and move on with what I was feeling now. After 6 months of the doctors thinking I had Lupus, but unable to get a clear answer. After several rounds of blood work, x-rays and MRIs they diagnosed me with AS. I am a new patient to this disease, but I am keeping a positive outlook. My husband and family are very supportive and we all look forward to the future. Of course I have my fears about medications and how debilitating this can become. Also I keep forgetting to ask my doctors, how genetic is this disease? If I was to get pregnant would my child definitely have AS? Thanks for listening and God Bless!
Louisiana United States of America

4 Responses to “A.S. Face 0706: Chelsea Breaux”

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

  2. Love the smile. Thanks for sharing.
    Jacquie

  3. Chelsea, hang in there. You have a precious smile. Fellow ASer

  4. Just wanted to let you know I am still trying to get your mailing address so I may send your Faces of AS wristband to you.
    Sincerely Cookie

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