A.S. Face 1589: Shayna Riddle

Face 1589

My name is Shayna Riddle and I am from Michigan.  I recently turned 18 and am looking forward to graduating high school in just a few short months!  I was officially diagnosed a little over a year ago with Ankykosing Spondylitis with secondary enthestitis complicated by hypermobility syndrome.  I have suffered from joint pain for years, but the last three years have been especially tough.  The severity of the hip and low back pain has become pretty intense as well as my elbows and ankles.  I have undergone three major joint surgeries trying to repair damage from this disease.   I can remember as a young child waking up in the night unable to move. This continues to this day.   My treatment plan is weekly shots of Humira, daily diclofenec, and whole body physical therapy.  I have found massage therapy takes the edge off a little.  At times I will receive injections in my back to help with the pain and inflammation.  I have always been an athlete.  I think the most difficult part in all of this was learning that my body no longer worked the way I was used to it working….the way I want it to work.    I have had some fusion in my spine and I can no longer run or jump as I did when I was younger.  I try to remain as active as I can.  The exhaustion sometimes takes over.  I have an amazing support team in my family and I have friends that have really stood by me through all of this.  God is good and I am hopeful I will be able to leave for college in the Fall with a plan to stay as healthy and active as I can for as long as I can.  I am thankful for this website and for others who truly understand the debilitating effects of this disease.  May you all be blessed on your individual journeys.

A Grandmother’s Heartache

Have you heard the crying in anguish

From a child whose legs felt lame?

Have you told them it surely will pass soon,

It’s only her growing pains?

Have you seen a teen on the mound

Destined that softball to send

Only to watch her elbow

Unable to make the bend?

Have you watched the tears as they flow down

Her face, full of sadness and fear:

Have you cringed as she tumbles over

While the reason still seems so unclear?

Do you watch as she picks up the pieces

And places a smile on her face

Only to see the leg pain

Determined that smile to erase?

Have you held a hand as it readies

To inject the drug of the week?

Are you tongue tied and fighting to hold back,

Unable to breathe or to speak?

And when flares made her body immobile

And the pain in her spine was so high

That you carried her into the E.R.,

Did you also break down and cry?

Do you hate Ankylosing Spondylitis?

Do you pray every day for a cure?

Do you hurt for the thousands of people

Whom this horrible disease must endure?

~ Luanne Fekken, grandmother to Shayna Elizabeth Riddle (A.S. Face #1589)

8 Responses to “A.S. Face 1589: Shayna Riddle”

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

  2. I have had AS for about 44 years, diagnosed 38 years. I am 60 years old. Life goes on, you do what you can do, rest when you need to, and take your meds. I stretch to keep myself limber, do neck and back exercises, and am on the elliptical 3-4 times a week, when I feel that I can. Life isn’t perfect, but I thank God that He is present to help me get through this. He will do the same for you.

  3. Welcome to the group Shayna. You will find it easy to share, ask questions, vent or just read what others share here. I am AS Face 1514.

  4. You are an over comer! I am so glad you were able to find a place that surrounds you with people who truly understand your feelings. ❤

  5. Sending you love and prayers of comfort. Love you!

  6. Shayna, You are a very special young lady, and I feel so blessed to have inherited you as a Granddaughter by our son’s marriage to your Mother. You have been and are going through so much for a young person of your age, but You always have a smile, and keep on trusting God for strength to get you through. Hope you know that our prayers are always with you.

  7. Shayna you are such an inspiration! God has great plans for your life and it is so wonderful that you are willing to let Him lead you all the way!

  8. wow i am completely shocked shayna i didnt know this. im so sorry that you have to endure such pain. you are such a beautiful person inside and out stay strong and know i will pray for you. love ya bunches sweety. your aunt sharon

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