A.S. Face 1887: Tammy Farrell

I was diagnosed with Ankylosing Spondylitis 5 years ago. My story seems similar to many I have read. Growing up I had issues with Asthma, Raynaud’s and hypothyroidism. 9 years ago I had acute valley fever and was very ill. In healing I began having joint pain and back stiffness in the morning. Other issues that came up before being diagnosed was Diverticulitis and Iritis. When I had reoccurring eye inflammation that wouldn’t go away the ophthalmologist ran several tests including HLAB27. He said I think I found it, you are positive and you need to see a rheumatologist. He has a brother with A.S. and urged me to follow up. What a journey since then! My A.S. Remains active and I’m still trying to find the right biologic for me. 2017 was rough for me as I lost my job, had shingles twice as well as pneumonia and have been diagnosed with lung disease. MRI shows some fusion and 2 herniated disc as well as scoliosis. I’m also in need of a total left knee replacement that is complicated and will be done is Stanford when the time is right. I’m now 55 years old and working at taking good care of myself. I’m thankful for my family and A.S. friends I have met and love their support. Much Love, Tammy

California, United States of America


One Response to “A.S. Face 1887: Tammy Farrell”

  1. Dear Tammy,
    Thank you so much for being a part of my vision.
    Sincerely Cookie

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