A.S. Face 2215: John Potter

November 30, 1949 – February 8, 2014

This is my father, John Potter. He passed away in 2014 from complications from his medications at the age of 64.

He had suffered from back pain for years, before getting the diagnosis of AS in his 30s. By then, he was almost completely fused. He still managed to work as an electrical engineer and field service rep up until he broke his back at work. He had surgery, and managed to recover enough to walk. A few years later, he broke his neck in a freak accident. Once again, he recovered enough to walk with his walker.

He loved my mother very much. They were married 42 years. He was supportive of my brothers and I. I am the only one who developed AS, and he helped support me in the initial years after my diagnosis. He also loved his grandsons. Both of my boys were premature, and he would babysit them with my mom when they were babies, and I had to go back to work.

Despite all of his pain and struggles, he was the ROCK of our family, and is missed.

This photo is from a trip to Niagara Falls. It was a trip he had always wanted to go on, and we did it.

Robin Peterson

Michigan, United States of America

2 Responses to “A.S. Face 2215: John Potter”

  1. Dear Robin,
    Thank you so much for sharing your father’s story with us.
    Sincerely Cookie

  2. Thank you Robin for sharing your story. Your father sounds like a great man with love for his family and a fierce determination to continue going through his many struggles. I am sorry for your great loss. I am sorry that you have A.S. as well.

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