A.S. Face 2228: Kathleen

My name is Kathleen, I am from Washington state, and I have AS. Everyone’s journey is different, and that’s okay. A few years after having my daughter at 31, I started having terrible pains in my mid back. It felt like someone took a sword and pushed it through my back out through my chest. I was training for my 3rd half marathon and thought I had pulled a muscle or something worse. A year later, after multiple doctors throwing everything at the proverbial wall and seeing what sticks did I finally had a Rheumatologist tell me that I had AS.
I went through years of mourning for who I was before AS. Biologics have given me my life back, and I have learned over the past 12 years to find alternatives to things I love. Instead of running, I hike-and WOW, have I found some gorgeous places. This picture is of me hiking in the Olympic National Forest. Some days are worse than others, but I have a wonderful family who supports me and cheers me on no matter what.

You may only be one person to the world, but you may also be the world to one person

Washington, United States of America

5 Responses to “A.S. Face 2228: Kathleen”

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

  2. I know the “mourning for who I was before AS” so well. I’m so thankful that this AS hit me when I was 50 and starting to slow down. I LOVED cycling. I road fast and for long times, but then I couldn’t do it. It happened so fast. I couldn’t ride tucked and hold my head up. I got severe pain in my neck. AS stole that love from me. I know your pain.

    • Thank you for sharing your thoughts with me John. I certainly didn’t want AS to be the end. We must keep fighting on. I hope you found an alternative to biking. I empathize with you. Hopefully, you can find an alternative to what makes you happy. It took me years, but I eventually got there. Hugs to you.

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