A.S. Face 0830: Sarah

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My name is Sarah, I’m 35 and I live in Sussex UK. I was diagnosed with AS in August 2012 after suffering for ‘only’ 3.5 years. My symptoms began in the 12th week of my second pregnancy. As a result things were initially put down to pregnancy related SPD, with promises that it would all go once I gave birth. If only! After the birth of my daughter my symptoms continued and actually got worse. I was sent around all different physio departments and got nothing apart from “it will settle down eventually”.

The continued pain meant that on returning to work as a Police Officer after a years maternity leave, I was unable to wear the heavy protective gear for longer than five minutes without being in tears of agony. Getting fed up of the situation I was issued with the ultimation “wear the gear and do your job or leave” by my employers. Putting my family first I handed in my resignation and left a job I loved. I was lucky to get another job, in teaching in the adult education sector. It is much more flexible, allowing me to rearrange lessons if I’m in a flare and accommodating my needs. I continued to put pressure on my doctors and rheumatologist for a diagnosis and solution to my pain. It was eventually my GP who suggested it could be AS and got all the balls rolling for the diagnosis.

Treatment wise I started in anti tnf in March, initially on enbrel and despite feeling great on it I had reactions at the injection site so was changed to humeria. I’ve only had three injections so far and can only see a tiny improvement but have everything crossed the improvement continues.

AS has taken a lot from me, a career I loved, my lifestyle and memories of my children as babies. They are only 22 months apart and now aged 3 and 5 with the youngest starting school in September. I feel as if I have spent the past three years drugged up, in horrendous pain and unable to be the active fun mummy I was before this started. My only hopes are that anti tnf works and I am able to become the active fun mummy I was before AS and most importantly a cure is found found for future generations.

Sarah.

United Kingdom


5 Responses to “A.S. Face 0830: Sarah”

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

  2. Thank you for sharing your A.S. journey and your lovely smile.
    Cheers!
    Jacquie (Face 377)

  3. Thank you x

  4. THANK YOU SARAH FOR YOUR STORY! ITS GREAT THAT YOU WERE ABLE TO SWITCH GEARS ADN GO INTO ANOTHER CAREER – VERY EMPOWERING I WOULD IMAGINE! TAKE CARE AND WELCOME TO OUR GROUP!
    Jenni – Face 261

  5. You’ll be the “fun mommy” again Sarah. I think it’s cool you found a new career…one thats easier on you. Nicely done.

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