A.S. Face 0834: Ankush Vij

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I am 32 year old from Pune, India. I was diagnosed at the age 15 and have undergone a hip resurfacing surgery at age 21. AS runs in the family with some of my paternal uncles diagnosed in their early 20s as well. I am HLA B27 positive. I otherwise exhibit all classic symptoms of AS, viz., back stiffness, stoop, neck stiffness, abdominal breathing etc. The lumbar spine is fused.

AS has taken away a lot from me but has also brought me closer to God and has kept me humble. I found my lifemate when I was in pro-school who is very understanding and tolerant of me, my AS as well. I wish other things in my life could be perfect, but I know they never will be. So I am working at it one day at a time and learning that it doesn’t matter in the end. I wish I can find peace with myself, accept all things around and make positive changes in my life and in the life of those arounds me.

I wish you all the very best with your endeavours and hope you achieve what you set out with. I am attaching my photograph and a picture with my wife who has been my solace.

God Speed.

Ankush Vij


3 Responses to “A.S. Face 0834: Ankush Vij”

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

  2. Excelent Ankush! I love the “bringing you closer to God” part. I also like the ” find peace with myself, accept all things…and make positive changes…” You are one articulate young man. Your head is in the right place. Thanks for sharing your wisdom with us Ankush.

    Oh.. and PS… AS love stories are the best love stories!

  3. Thank you you Derek for your kind words….

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