A.S. Face 1743: Patty Wanger

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My name is Patty Wanger, I live in Oklahoma. I’m 36 years old, after going from doctor to doctor for over 10 years, a year ago I finally found a Rheumatologist who knew exactly what to test for and he diagnosed me with Ankylosing Spondylitis. I want to be a part of your “Faces of Ankylosing Spondylitis” group. It’s time people and Doctors become more aware of this disease. AS has been slowly taking my independence from me and I have finally come to terms with no matter what medications or treatments they give or put me on, I will never have the old me back and it has taken me a long time and a lot of prayers to help me through the grieving process of losing the old me and accepting my new limitations as they come. Thank you for putting more awareness out there for all of us, I pray it continues to keep growing.
Oklahoma, United States of America

6 Responses to “A.S. Face 1743: Patty Wanger”

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

  2. Welcome Patty

  3. Thanks for sharing and yes, like you said, it is such grieving process realizing that we are losing certain abilities, but I have to focus on what I have gained or I would be sucked into the hole of deep depression again, and maybe not make it out this time.

    • Thank you for your response, trust me I understand. I lean on my faith to help me through because it is extremely easy to let this disease suck you into depression. I have my moments, but in those moments I get remind of the best blessings I have and I’m so grateful for all of them, my husband and my children. I pray that you’ll always be able to focus on the positives or anything that you gain and that you’ll never be sucked back into that pit again. Sending love and (((hugs))) your way!!

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