A.S. Face 1191: Marcella Stewart
I am a 58 yo retired nurse and diagnosed with AS since the age of 19. I am HLA-B27+ with fused SI joints. I take Enbrel every week. I’ve had chest pain on inspiration, trochanteric bursitis, iritis, cluster headaches, psoriasis on my right hand, and degenerative joint disease with neuropathy. I have constant back pain, neck cracking and stiffness, and fatigue but I bless God. I monitor my weight to make sure I don’t gain over 15 lbs from my current weight. I feel better when I am thinner. I watch what I eat and try to keep my back limber. I can stand and touch the floor with my hands, sit and touch my toes, but I don’t jog, it jars my joints. I do back exercises, the elliptical and lift light weights 3-4/week. I rely on God, my husband, and adult kids for love. It makes all the difference in the world. Life is good, I am still here.
San Antonio, Texas, United States of America