A.S. Face 2168: Jamie Turner

I’m Jamie I was diagnosed with AS about 8 months ago. My pain started just in my back and I thought I just slept wrong until it got to a point where I couldn’t walk. I have to say the hardest part of my diagnosis was that I had just started a new relationship, and didn’t want to admit that I “didn’t feel right” however the best part about this is my boyfriend, and his understanding and patience through the good days, ok days and the flare ups. Truly thankful for this journey even though it’s been the hardest thing I’ve ever endured!

New York, United States of America

3 Responses to “A.S. Face 2168: Jamie Turner”

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

  2. Hi Jamie! Thank you for sharing your story! It’s so similar to mine it’s scary. My pain started last February and I was diagnosed with AS in September. I thought my back pain was from an injury moving until it got to where I could barley walk in August. I had been with my bf for 9 months when I got diagnosed and was so scared he would leave, but just as your bf he’s been my rock and even proposed on Dec 29th! I totally get how you are thankful for this journey even though it hurts so much. It’s made me so much more aware about how important my health truly is and how important i really am to those who love me! Once again thank you for sharing your story and showing me that I’m not the only young person coping with this illness!! God bless you and your strength!!

    • That’s great to hear! It’s important for us to have people who love and support us during the difficult times but also on the days when were “back to normal” I’m so happy to hear you have the same !

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