A.S. Face 0846: Erin

Face 846

My name is Erin. I am 31 and I have AS. I was diagnosed late in 2008. I had symptoms of AS for roughly 5 years before my diagnosis. I first started noticing how difficult it was to get up out of bed in the morning. My nights consisted of being uncomfortable, trying to move and silent tears. I would struggle through every day tasks. Numerous doctor appointments later and no resolution. I was consistently told I pulled a muscle, I need to stretch, I need to see a chiropractor every day for the rest of my life. I was convinced I was the only person in the world that was going through this and I didn’t know what ‘this’ was. No one did! My life turned around when I finally found someone to listen. My gynecologist scheduled me a visit with a rheumatologist. After a couple of tests I received the best news ever. I wasn’t crazy and there was a name for ‘this’. I was going to be OK! After a year of being on Humira my doctor switched me to Remicade and I have been on that since 2009. I get infusions every 8 weeks. I look forward to being a part of this wonderful group of people.

Thank you all for reading my story and providing me with an opportunity to tell it.


South Dakota, United States of America

3 Responses to “A.S. Face 0846: Erin”

  1. Hi Erin,

    I so know how you feel about diagnosis, it was one of the happiest days of my life 🙂

    Jane 709

  2. Dear Erin,
    Thank you so much for sharing your story with us.
    Sincerely Cookie

  3. thank you for the opportunity to hear your story! Keep reading FACE’s Erin, it’s medicine for the soul.

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