A.S. Face 1469: Chris Cancilla
My name is Chris Cancilla, I was diagnosed while in the US Air Force at the ripe old age of 19 around 1979. By the time I was 20 I was having trouble walking and was told by doctors that I will be in a wheel chair for life in the next 5 years. So, I started swimming and regained a little mobility. The military also tested a variety of drugs on me while I was in and several of them were taken off the market, like ZOMAX. I kinda liked that one actually.
But, all in all, as long as I stay active, I CAN be active. i just retired as a Scoutmaster of a Boy Scout troop and moved to a Unit Commissioner role since I cannot do the backpack and high adventure stuff any longer. But I still camp when I can.
I have been on ENBREL for the past 10 or 12 years, can’t remember exactly….hang on, let me ask my wife…. yep, ten years now this past May.
I take a few other things (pills) every day, once a day, and have a fairly good quality of life but I do have constant pain that I consider a 1 or a 2 level. I was told by my Doctor that what i consider a 2 is what most “normal” people (she said I an definitely not normal!! I like her!!) would consider a 6 or a 7.
Anyway, my worst thing to do is walk slow in a store or a mall. The knees pretty much stop working after an hour or so. if I walk faster I can last longer.
So, that’s my story, thanks for listening.
Now is the time for questions and answers.
Smyrna, Georgia, United States of America