A.S. Face 1191: Marcella Stewart

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

3 Responses to “A.S. Face 1191: Marcella Stewart”

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

  2. Thanks for sharing your positive attitude! God Bless You.
    A. S. Face 23

  3. 2016 and 2017 have been a rough year, I have degenerative joint disease. I have been seeing an ortho-spine doctor and my back was injected 4 times last year. Yesterday I had my nerves burned (radiofrequency denerviation) on the left side, I have to wait two weeks to get the other side done. My back pain has decreased but my hope is that it will decrease even more.

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