A.S. Face 2049: Samantha Van Huyssteen

My name is Samantha Van Huyssteen and I suffer from Ankylosing Spondylitis and Rheumatoid Arthritis, I am 32 years old and I stay in Cape Town South Africa

From a very young age, I always suffered from back pain, I was in and out of Doctor’s offices with dislocated tail bones. I pushed through my pain and thought to myself it can’t be anything severe I am so young and healthy. This continued on for a few years until finally, I discovered a Doctor who was willing to go the extra mile for me. I had many days where I could not get out of bed I had to call my sister to come and help me get out of bed and assist with bathing me, the pain started coursing through my body to my joints each day becoming more severe and stiff. My Rheumatologist has been incredibly supportive through my struggle I was finally diagnosed with Ankylosing Spondylitis and RA four years ago I am now 32 Years old. I have gained so much weight from all the medication and last year I was losing my will to live I became I recluse, staying in bed crying almost every day the pain was unbearable and no one around me could understand what I was going through. I have decided that this year my disease will not get me down with the support of my family and friends and these amazing support groups I will prevail. Even after being admitted to Hospital with Kidney Stones in January

South Africa, Africa

2 Responses to “A.S. Face 2049: Samantha Van Huyssteen”

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

  2. don’t let this illness get you down too much Samantha. Like you say, none of us have to face it alone. Other spoonies will always be there to listen. Thanks for sharing your story.

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