A.S. Face 1109: Brianna Lopez

Face 1109

So my name is Brianna Lopez, im 23 years young. Ive had symptoms since I was about 16, at first my doctor’s back then didnt think much of me being in pain, just put me on ibuprofen for a while, & when I told them it wasnt helping they thought I just was after pain pills I guess. Im from a small town called Espanola, in New Mexico, well known for its drug problems, so they just dismissed it along with everyone else. I finally moved got a new doctor, got pregnant with my first child at 19, & flareups came back stronger with it, finally did an xray after, that doctor told me I had mild arthritis, & it was nothing to worry about, so I didnt. By the time I had my second baby, I was miserable. Somedays I couldnt even walk or limped getting out of bed, so I got a new doctor, and she did CT scans MRIs and blood work right away. She thought I had Lupus, Everything came back for A.S. everyday is a struggle, im a single mom of two beautiful baby girls and im working 2 jobs to do it on my own. I graduated college and work in a pharmacy, my knowledge of what these medications scare me from taking anything, so at this point my mind is my own nemesis with my treatment. But I am determined to fight this as long as I can before it consumes me, im still so young! I wish I didnt have this! :\

New Mexico, United States of America

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10 Responses to “A.S. Face 1109: Brianna Lopez”

  1. I know exactly what you are going through I am 23 and am facing a rough battle the AS and every day is a constant painful struggle. I hope you the beat and keep your head up. You are not alone and we are all here for you and for each other

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

  3. Brianna
    Thank you for sharing your story. I relate that i am young as well and sometimes that alone makes it seem so unfair. I also believe this disease forces you to be a humble, sensitive human being. It creates a whirl pool of other problems that continuously spins into a vicious cycle. There is treatment and life can be good. Every day is anew day. Never stop learning, trying or striving. Just move forward. Enjoy the little things that others miss. Contact me if you ever need any anything! Jesica Lynn #1107

  4. You should send a friend request to your cousin who has RA…she’s having a hard time dealing with it and the unbearable pain…Kat-Heppe Aldridge….she is your Uncle Bobby’s daughter….she’s moving to Calif. Hoping the weather change would do her good…share your remedies etc…

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