“My name is Ashley and I’m from Cape Town, South Africa. I was diagnosed with AS in June this year (2012) after suffering from shooting pains down my legs since April 2011. I am one of the lucky few to have been diagnosed with AS within 1.5 years of showing symptoms, even if it was 5 specialists, 2 incorrect diagnoses and 2 caudal epidurals later. I have been on medication since being diagnosed and can honestly say have noticed a substantial improvement since. Although I still have days were I am sore, since last month, come Wednesday nights you will find me on the netball court playing action netball for my team The Titans J I’m only 22 and I am determined that despite having AS and Epilepsy (unfortunately I have that too), I am going to live a full life and do all the things that I love. Run my first 5km race last weekend I am currently in my 3rd year studying Occupational Therapy at the University of Cape Town (UCT) and believe that having these conditions is only going to make me a better therapist as I will be able to relate to my patients on a different level. Hope I can make a difference in the world someday. I’m a ‘glass half full’ sort of girl and I’m not going to let this get the best of me J Life is for living and I’m going to live it. Keep your heads up high fellow AS-ers”

Kind regards,


South Africa

One Response to “Ashley”

  1. Dear Ashley,
    Thank you so much for sharing your story with us.
    Sincerely Cookie

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