A.S. Face 1039: Bridget Fitzsimmons

Face 1039

My name is Bridget Fitzsimmons, I am 23 years old living in North Carolina. Experiencing symptoms since I was 9. I was diagnosed two years ago in Rhode Island (my home town). Being so young no one really believed my chronic pain symptoms. Until two years ago it finally showed on the x rays. It is an invisible disease at first. It’s invisible to doctors that don’t know what they are looking for, and invisible until its too late and the fusing and damage has already begun. Its also invisible to the people around you that do not know what it feels like. I was told by many doctors that I had to wait for the symptoms to be diagnosed. My mom stood by my side through all my appointments. Waiting for an answer. It is a very frustrating process and I cried when I found out I had ankylosing spondylitis. I finally had all the answers. I am now on remicade drug infusions every 6 weeks. For the rest of my Life. Almost completely pain free with the exception of tingling and pain behind the shoulder blades and of course the fatigue is still there!!! I am blessed to have such an amazing group of doctors. I never thought I would find someone who would love me with all of the medical issues I have. during flare ups I feel like a burden, but I just recently married the love of my life. He is so supportive and understanding. I am a lucky girl to have so much support and a diagnosis. I am sending prayers to everyone that is still waiting for answers.

North Carolina, United States of America

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4 Responses to “A.S. Face 1039: Bridget Fitzsimmons”

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

  2. I am so grateful that you found someone that loves you unconditionally.

  3. Bridget,

    Thank You for sharing your story. I am also 23 years young and taking medications once a week. Stay strong, we are still beautiful!

  4. I have just read your story, after spotting your photo. You both look so happy and content in your life, regardless of the cards you’ve been dealt. To find one another and to share a bond so close, is possibly the best gift you could both receive out of this struggle. As I have always heard, God doesn’t give with both hands…..but what he did give, he gave in abundance to you both; a deep, deep love. Hold on. Hold on tight. It is all that truly matters.

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