I first heard the term Ankylosing Spondylitis when I was 25 and developed a severe case of iritis. Four years later my sacroiliac joints flared up and I was diagnosed with A.S. I was more fortunate than many patients in that it didn’t take me years to be diagnosed; the orthopedic surgeon I saw had been an army doctor and had seen many cases of A.S. in the service. He first diagnosed me with a herniated disc but when I returned two days later unable to walk he suspected A.S. He sent me for tests and a confirmation consult with a rheumatologist and I had an answer within a month and was able to start treatment.

I’ve had A.S. for 27 years now and I consider myself lucky that it’s a milder case than many.  I pray that one day we will have a way to prevent or halt all autoimmune diseases. I’m very thankful for this site, knowing that others understand my experience. I believe it will provide an important resource for research in the future.


Southern California United States of America

3 Responses to “Alexis”

  1. Dear Alexis,
    Thank you for being a part of my vision.
    Sincerely Cookie

  2. Thank you Cookie for the incredible work you’ve done. For sharing your heart and your vision with all of us, and for allowing us to find each other and share our stories. I am so grateful to be part of this wonderful group. Gentle Hugs to you. ♥

  3. Alexis, you have inspired me. This is such an ignored condition that many people, including me, aren’t aware of it until a diagnosis. Thanks for telling me about this site.

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