A.S. Face 1949: Ameo Lynch

My name is Ameo Lynch, 42 yo, from Washington State, USA. I was diagnosed with AS officially in 2014 after struggling with symptoms off and on starting around age 13. I was always athletic but my back and shoulders would cause problems frequently. The medical profession’s response was always “avoid stress and try physical therapy.” I was hit with another illness in Oct 2013 and diagnosed with Sarcoidosis 12/2/13. After treatment, my body was still an inflamed and painful mess. Finally, after meeting with a rheumatologist I was diagnosed with AS around May 2014 (it’s all a blur). My life is nowhere near what I thought it would be. I have to plan my activities based on how I’m feeling and how much recovery is needed. I am not able to be as physically active as I’d like, if at all. However, in these last years of illness and discovery, I have learned to let go of the little stuff. I do think I’m a stronger person emotionally, but I do miss having physical strength. My greatest fear is not knowing if this will surface in my children.
Washington, United States of America

One Response to “A.S. Face 1949: Ameo Lynch”

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

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