A.S. Face 1017: Chris Naylor

Face 1017

I am Chris Naylor and I am a face of AS.  My struggles don’t hold me back but make me stronger and more determined when I get a “No” for an answer to follow through with my dreams.

My story started when I was 10 years old.  I was taken to the hospital due to back pain after playing a game of football with my friends.  This was interesting as I had normally played many sports and was active as a kid.  Well I can tell you that as for a ten year old in the hospital and doctors taking blood, x-rays and an MRI it was a stressful event to say the least for two parents who got no answers and for a young person who got no answers in the long run as well.  The results at this time for the back pain came back as a herniated disk.  Well interesting enough they left it at that and from then on I and my family continued to visit my doctor continuously until I went away to University.

Once in University I was running daily and fighting the pain and continued to slump over more and more.  To this day  I have the upper ¼ of my spine fused together.  Well interesting enough I was in so much pain and could not walk for at least a week; it is then that I went to a walk-in clinic (funny enough I was barely able to make it) and had blood work done and pain killers given.  I had the blood work sent to my doctor out of province as well for him to look at.  A day later I had a call from my doctor telling me to return home that he needed to talk with me ASAP.  i returned home two days later and was given the news that I had to have more blood tests as my white blood count came back abnormal.  Well he sent me for my HLBA-27 test as well and sure enough that is when I finally got an answer.

Today I have two awesome little people and a wonderful and supportive wife. I look at the myriad of medications I take daily and weekly and wonder sometimes what the hell is this all about.  But then I look at my life and the struggles I continue to face and push forward.  It is this drive that gets me going in the morning and pushing me to continue changing my careers; once a Child and Youth Counsellor now a Paramedic moving toward Nursing.  I keep being told don’t and no; “you won’t be able to do the things.  I have expressed many times to many people that you cannot tell me just because I have this chronic illness does not mean that I cannot live my life…

Live life and love it no matter the obstacles.

Alberta, Canada

One Response to “A.S. Face 1017: Chris Naylor”

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

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