A.S. Face 0978: Nancy

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I am Nancy, from Canada.

I am suffering from AS ever since I was 17. It started with intestine problems. I was diagnosed at 35, when I had uveitis : my doctor finally found with this piece of puzzle.

I was having such a hard time walking that I had to use a cane from age 22 to 29. Then it got worse and worse: difficulty with breathing, rib cage compression, shoulders… I slept for about 6 years only for 2 hours in bed and the “rest” of the night ( 2 or 3 hours) sitting almost straight.

I thought about suicide so many times.

One thing that saved me is that I kept moving. I continued working ( I am a hydraulic hose specialist so I work physically, which was challenging and painful but it was the thing to do and I didn’t know it then but I was poor so I had to survive) 40 to 50 hours a week.

I gained weight and I decided to walk : another good move that helped me. After a couple of months walking every day, I started not to need my cane anymore. I walked further, faster. I got better. Then I decided to go to the gym : the rib cage, shoulders, back and hip pain was vanishing slowly. Then I had uveitis and it is chronic so I lost sight to my left eye.

Then I decided to go further : get rid of the stress. It was obvious for me that stress was making me sick. Almost 2 years ago I started yoga and meditating on a daily basis. It did miracles ! I am 43 now and I run 5 to 6 KM every 2 mornings, I walk 5 to 10 km every 2 other morning. I go to the gym 3-5 times a week to get those muscles strong; Add yoga and meditation, yes indeed, this is a lot of time in my schedule but it gave me back not only my life : I have never felt this healthy in my entire life. Or maybe when I was a kid.

Keep moving and enjoy what you have. The rest might come by itself, naturally. Keep moving.

Quebec, Canada

7 Responses to “A.S. Face 0978: Nancy”

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

  2. Excellent story Nancy.

  3. Hi, I also have A/S & gastro problems {ulcerative Colitis} & Irisitis, Your story truly has inspired me. From the bottom of me heart…Thank You!!

  4. Great Nancy 🙂 Keeping active is the key for young AS sufferers. Yes it is tough but it is better in the long run.

  5. Hi Nancy, where are you from in Canada, i’m from Gatineau, Québec.

  6. Salut Nancy, peux-tu m’écrire en pv j’aurais des questions à te demander.
    robergemrq@hotmail.com Merci Manon (Face 1019)

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