A.S. Face 1769: Grace

Face 1769

My name is Grace. I am a 17 year old high school senior.
My symptoms of AS have been very minor for several years-inflamed back and knees from time to time- nothing that warranted much worry.
But in June I started to experience great amounts of pain in my knees and back after any sort of exercise. I shrugged it off and used basic physical therapy and ibuprofen to treat the pain.
In August however, I started marching band camp and quick found that I could not do the  simplest things and that anything I did put my back in agony.
My dad took me to his rheumatologist friend, and after NSAIDS, x rays, and an MRI, he diagnosed me with AS.

I’m a musician. I play many instruments, and my AS has affected my ability to play, but I do not let that stop me. In fact at the end of March I played my string bass in the largest theater in Las Vegas in a huge ensemble.
Moving is hard, life is hard, but I move on. This summer I’ll be moving and starting college, where I will continue to play all my instruments and where I will continue to win my battle with AS.

Nevada, United States of America

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2 Responses to “A.S. Face 1769: Grace”

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

  2. Be brave..and keep strong..that’s the only way you will beat this disease

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