A.S. Face 0742: Ginger Waldschmidt
My name is Ginger Waldschmidt and I’m 25 years old. I two beautiful twin girls that are three years old. My husband is in the Army and we are currently stationed in North Carolina. . I was diagnosed with AS in June of 2011 but I have suffered from symptoms since I was 11. When I was younger I always complained of back pain and every doctor my parents took me to would say “oh it’s just normal.” My grandfather has AS and I always knew in the back of my mind that I had it. In 2007, I got iritis and tested positive for the HLA-B 27 gene. They still didn’t do anything. Finally, I found an amazing primary care doctor that sent me to my now rheumatologist who diagnosed me with AS and fibromyalgia. My mobility has changed drastically in the last year and I am still learning to how to accept this new reality. This an ugly disease and there needs to be more awareness.
North Carolina, United States of America