I am 32 year old from Pune, India. I was diagnosed at the age 15 and have undergone a hip resurfacing surgery at age 21. AS runs in the family with some of my paternal uncles diagnosed in their early 20s as well. I am HLA B27 positive. I otherwise exhibit all classic symptoms of AS, viz., back stiffness, stoop, neck stiffness, abdominal breathing etc. The lumbar spine is fused.
AS has taken away a lot from me but has also brought me closer to God and has kept me humble. I found my lifemate when I was in pro-school who is very understanding and tolerant of me, my AS as well. I wish other things in my life could be perfect, but I know they never will be. So I am working at it one day at a time and learning that it doesn’t matter in the end. I wish I can find peace with myself, accept all things around and make positive changes in my life and in the life of those arounds me.
I wish you all the very best with your endeavours and hope you achieve what you set out with. I am attaching my photograph and a picture with my wife who has been my solace.