A.S. Face 2166: Jessica Baird

Born and raised in Kingston, Ontario, Canada but lived in Ottawa for over ten years, my name is Jessica Baird and like everyone else on here, I have Ankylosing Spondylitis. I was diagnosed over a year ago but intense symptoms started over two years ago. I was experiencing upper respiratory infections, fatigue and swollen lymph nodes. That soon turned into joint pain and the need to walk with a cane. When the HLAB27 gene was found I was rushed in for x-rays and an MRI, which proved erosion on my SI joints. I also live with Vonwillibrands, which a form of hemophilia so I cannot take NSAIDs. I am awaiting Humira and hope for the day that I will experience remission.
Two years ago the symptoms made it too difficult to work as a teacher and I thought I had lost out on life as I loved my career. However, in this time family and friend’s asked how they could help and I said, “Send me fun silly socks and I will wear a fun pair every day of year”. I received thousands and thousands of pairs of socks and now I pay it forward and send socks out to folks who are suffering illness and challenges to brighten their day thus now known as, The Sock Project.
I have had many opportunities to share my story, including a recent radio broadcast:  https://omny.fm/shows/580-cfra/listen-now-jessica-baird-making-noise-with-silly-s
You can also check out my website: https://the-sock-project.webnode.com/ where you can read my books online and listen to a TVOKids broadcast about AS.
Please reach out if you are struggling and I will send you socks!
As I said in my recent radio interview, “Love loud, love louder and keep loving”.
Ontario, Canada

One Response to “A.S. Face 2166: Jessica Baird”

  1. Dear Jessica,
    Thank you so much for sharing your story. Keep Loving Loud!
    Sincerely Cookie

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