A.S. Face 2145: Gail

Face 2145

My name is Gail. I was diagnosed with AS at age 24 (before there were biologics!). I’m now 58. It’s been a journey, through multiple medications, injections and infusions. Strangely, up until last year, I thought I would eventually go into remission. Unfortunately, that has never been the case, and I’m learning to accept it now without losing hope. The past year was rough as I had four surgeries, two from broken ankles followed by two hip replacements. I still am frustrated with physicians and surgeons who have little to no understanding of this disease. The compounded effect of a systemic disease and multiple surgeries was emotionally devastating. I’ve come so far and after 16 months on crutches I am now walking 3 miles a day. This site where others have AS has helped so much, to know that I’m not alone in managing this. Thank you all.

One Response to “A.S. Face 2145: Gail”

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

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