I was diagnosed with AS when I was in my early 20s though I think I had symptoms for many years before that- including my gym teacher telling me off for not being able to do the high jump back flop although I looked tall and sporty. I am now 59 and my picture shows me after I got my MSc (Research) last year. I put the sticks by the bushes in my garden so this is just before I fell down! It was hard going as I was working full time and had a family and I had to ask for extra time as I had 6 months confined to bed with severe AS symptoms combined with haywire diabetes while I was doing it. I have other complications as well but try not to dwell on them.
I just want to say that even if diagnosis is devastating, with perseverance and support you can still have a GOOD life even though you have to sometimes live within the confines of day to day illness/ fatigue/ infection. I often sing the praises of Embrel that gave me back a certain quality of life and help me get back to work as a genetics researcher in a University, after being sick of seeing the four walls of my bedroom, reading a thousand books on my kindle and achieving massively high scores on Angry Birds on my IPAD as I didn’t have enough strength to hold a book …
Thanks for all you do – much appreciated.
Wales, United Kingdom
I wanted to let you all know that Annie passed away on 02/14/2016