A.S. Face 1065: Mindy Johnson
Hi, my name is Mindy Johnson, and I am 34. I was diagnosed with AS last year, but like most of us with AS, I’ve had symptoms since my late teens. I suspected for many years that I had AS, as my Father has been suffering with it as long as I can remember. Thankfully, my knowledge of this nasty disease made for a quicker diagnosis ( that, and an awesome Rheumy!! )
I’m currently running down the list of medications to take, so the British Columbia government will cover the cost of biologics. Nothing seems to be working so far. I’m pretty sure I’ve had every side effect imaginable ( but no weight loss. What’s with that? ). How did I, a girl with a terrifying fear of needles, get stuck with self injecting myself weekly ( I’d like to add that I hate Methotrexate! )?
Thankfully I have an understanding Husband, 2 amazing children, and parents who will drop everything in a heartbeat to help me out, whether it be a hand with the kids, or a car buddy for the 3 hour drive to see my Rheumy.
Although I’m sad to see all these people fighting AS, it’s comforting to know I’m not all alone in this fight!
Mindy Johnson, Williams Lake British Columbia, Canada.