A.S. Face 1528: Andy Satalich
My story shares many similarities to many others diagnosed with AS. A time that stands out clearly in my memory of when I first felt the symptoms, a significant time lag between onset of symptoms and getting a diagnosis, and a couple missed diagnosis and off target treatments.
So here I am twenty some years later wishing that I had known back then what I know now. I look at people who appear to be perfectly healthy and hope that they don’t take that health for granted. A chronic disease like this can truly turn your world upside down. Physically, mentally, emotionally, psychologically, and spiritually, it can and does affect all aspects of your being.
Fortunately, we live in a time of great discovery and rapid and abundant information flow. Sites like this and other ankylosing spondylitis sites and forums serve as great tools for people experiencing this disease. I know I have learned a lot and been inspired from them.
Oregon, United States of America