A.S. Face 0771: Michele Metts
I am 43 years old and started having problems in my 20’s and was diagnosed with Arthritis, spinal stenosis, ddd. It just progressively got worse to where at first I couldn’t sit with pain and now to where my days are filled with pain from my si joints, feet, shoulder, jaw, neck and spine. I also have a 2 herniated discs that are compressing on my nerve causing nerve damage and severe pain radiating down leg to foot. I also have congenital aortic stenosis in which the as is making worse by degenerating my valve.
I am happily married and my husband is very supportive and my best friend. We have 5 children, only one left at home who is a soon to be 15 year old beautiful young lady who plays volleyball for school and club. I love watching her play but I am waiting for some relief to where I can watch her without pain from sitting and hoping to get rid of my cane one day as I am embarrassed to be 43 using a cane to walk at times. My mom also has AS and we support each other. Sadly she had alot of pulmonary issues from As. I pray my children do not get this awful thing call AS!
I used to work full time as a sales/ marketing manager but due to my health have gone down to very part time and gave up my manager title. I work about 10-12 hours at home a week and filed for disability. I miss seeing people but cannot sit at a desk. All I can say about that is my AS hurts too bad to sit or stand or to so much of anything:(
I love reading the Faces of As and hope to meet some of you! I live in Clear Lake which is a suburb of Houston Texas. Best of luck to all with our fight against AS!
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