My name is Alexa Tyson. I’m 18 years old and I was diagnosed with Ankylosing Spondylitis almost 2 year ago. I have been at a rheumatologist searching for answers for about just over 3 years. When I first was diagnosed it was definitely a struggle for me. When I first started going to the rheumatologist all I wanted were answers, I thought that being in the dark was the hardest thing and I just needed to know. Once I received my diagnosis I no longer wanted to know. Knowing this meant that it was real and something that I would live with the rest of my life. I’m a christian and hated God for giving me such an awful curse. The longer time went on the hatred and being miserable was getting old, almost as old as the medications they kept switching around. I finally started to come to terms with the pain and the struggle that I was going through in June 2011. The pain was still there and biting as always, but it was like a new light of hope. I started going to church again and got more involved. All over I had people praying for my healing. In November 2011 I finally was put on Remicade. Currently I call it the miracle drug. At first there seem to be no effect, but just about a month ago it started to work. I could actually sit for more than 10 minutes without being in tears. I may not be 100 percent better, but with how much better I do feel it has been a blessing. One of my favorite quotes is “What you survive today, Makes you stronger tomorrow.” That quote was on the back of our Team Alexa sweatshirts from the Jingle Bell Run for arthritis. No longer do I see AS as a curse, I now see it as a daily obstacle that with practice has just been getting easier. Maybe one day there will be a cure, but until that day you will find my fighting with family and friends by my side and a smile on my face.