A.S. Face 0894: Jamie Stroud

Face 894

From a young age, one day I knew I would be diagnosed with some form of arthritis. My brother was diagnosed and suffered with Juvenile Chronic Arthritis at a very young age. This led to the assumption that one day I would also show some signs of arthritis due to the strong genetic link through siblings.

As a youngster I was very active in the realm of sports. Captain of the basketball team at my school as well as the County club Thames Valley Tigers. I also went through the rankings in both Taekwondo as well as Karate achieving blackbelts in both. 3rd Dan Blackbelt in Karate and 2nd Dan Blackbelt in Taekwondo. I suffered many injuries throughout training in both the martial arts as well as basketball. These injuries masked the underlying severity of the arthritis coursing through my body. One day I had a particularly bad ‘injury’ which hospitalized me. This was the beginning of the end for my active sports careers.

After extensive tests and visits from specialists from all around the country I was told I had Ankylosing Spondylitis. My world began to crumble around me. Everything I had worked so hard for slipped away like a distant memory. Through the darkness, I began to see the light. Embracing my disease and fighting with every ounce of my being. I used the pain as motivation to achieve something great.

I went back to college so that I was able to go to University to study Chemistry specializing in genetics. Now, 2 years in, I am almost thankful for my disease. It showed me that there was more to me that even I knew. The strength, the hope, the fight. Everyday is a struggle but I know that one day I will make a difference for all of us.

I can leave you with the quote that changed my world: ‘Do not pray for an easy life, pray for the strength to endure a difficult one’ – Bruce Lee

Leicester, England, United Kingdom

4 Responses to “A.S. Face 0894: Jamie Stroud”

  1. Dear Jamie,
    Thank you so much for sharing your story with us. I love the quote!
    Sincerely Cookie

  2. I certainly hope your genetics studies make a breakthrough for the sake of our children and their children

  3. I love it!! you are doing everything right Jamie! Negative into a positive! Now…I just told Tyler this too…reading your story just HAS to be a great comfort to Dillon’s parents (face 0898). It just HAS too! I hope Dillon reads your story, and I sense he already has. And “studying chemistry specializing in genetics” too BOOT! This guy right here (you), this guy is “thee MAN”! thanks for makin my day.

    I drive by a VA (veterans administration) hospital a lot, and they have a sign out front that reads “the price of freedom is visible here.” Well, the best of the human spirit is visible here…everyday.

  4. Hi Jamie,

    It’s great that you can also see the opportunity in your condition.
    I teach group fitness and feel because I have the awareness I can understand better when someone is in pain. I focus on spinal a core health now to help others in pain.
    I have a question for you, since you did a lot of martial arts do you find it aggravates the deep fine back extensor and rotator muscles causing trauma and inflammation in the thoracic spine?

    What do you do to manage the pain? Are you taking medication?
    Do you do no sport at all now?

    All the best

    Marie (Yorkshire)

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