A.S. Face 1363: Jonathan Panarello

Face 1363

My name is Jonathan Panarello and I live in Laval, Quebec, Canada. I was diagnosed with AS when I was 19 years old (I am now 27). It was a long couple of years. It started when I was 17 years old and entering college which turned into the worst 3 years of my life. I woke one morning, put my foot down and ended up crawling to my parents because the pain in my feet was unbearable. I had 2 doctors suggest I had cancer, countless X-rays, MRI’s, bone scans, and even a surgery for a plantar fascia release. After the surgery I ended up on crutches for a year and a half feeling hopeless and helpless. One blood test later and I am being sent to Rheumatology and started on Humira. The drug that saved my life! I was able to walk without crutches one day after my first injection. People asked why I didn’t drop out of school while going through all this but I was too heard headed to listen. Now I am fully functional, full time nurse in the cardiac intensive care unit, working on my masters of science nurse practitioner degree, and married! I couldn’t be happier and blame AS for who I am now and wouldn’t change a thing. The picture I am posting is of my graduation in May 2014 from my bachelor of science in nursing degree. My biggest accomplishment and middle finger to AS!
Thanks for starting this great initiative!
Jonathan Panarello
Quebec, Canada

3 Responses to “A.S. Face 1363: Jonathan Panarello”

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

  2. Jonathan, Yahoo. You rock! Maintaining a good attitude after going through horendous pain that I can empathize with. I have recently found ART, Active Release Technique and its actually wonderful but painful while someone is stretching the connective tissue. I came through Septic Shock in January when I nearly lost my life, so much of what my ART person is doing perhaps is a result of hypoxia, less than adequate oxygen to my feet and hands secondarily. I am so glad you are receiving relief and blessed by a wonderful wife!

  3. 🙂 Love your positive attitude. Thank you Jonathan!

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