A.S. Face 1515: Shawna Underwood
Hello, My name is Shawna Underwood. I have spent my entire life working as a humanitarian and medical worker. I also lend my time as a USO girl. I have only been fighting A.S. for a year now. It took 7 months to find out what was causing so many problems. I found out I had A.S. after an injury in the field caused my faulty gene to switch on and bring on the excessive and uncontrollable inflammation. It took three surgeries, the loss of two organs and half my stomach, the wasted 2 months of psychotherapy (cause I was told I wasn’t really in pain; my PTSD was causing pseudo pain) before I found myself crying from relief in a rheumatologists office with an official diagnosis. I wasn’t happy to know I had such a harsh disease but to know I wasn’t losing my mind. I have just started biologic treatments and am excited to see if they help, as nothing has to this point. I’m glad to find all this support for those of us fighting A.S.
Texas, United States of America