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My name is Christelle,  39 years old, from the little island of Mauritius, in the Indian Ocean (just in case you never heard about Mauritius 🙂

I have been suffering from lower back pains since I was 16 years old… pains becoming more and more severe as the years were passing! Have seen many doctors but none of them could put a name of what I had… was even said that it was all in my head!!

I got married to a wonderful man, Gerald and in August 2002 gave birth to a little girl, Marinne…
Unfortunately, since then the pain increased and in 2004, I saw a Rhumatologist and finally after blood tests done, was diagnosed with an Ankylosing Spondylitis!

Since then, have been on different classical treatment but none really working! More and more everyday life is becoming harder and harder! I hardly sleep… I continue my exercises but still pain is unbearable! The sacro-illiac joints are more and more painful as well as other parts of the body. Have had to reduce time of  work, was a Personal Assistant… I go when I can… My boss are very understanding and they support me…

I have been blessed with another little girl in 2005, Alizée… Premature because I was suffering too much so we had to induce the birth… her first years have been hard… often sick but she is a fine little lady now…

My doctor wants me to go on Humira treatment, but unfortunately financially that’s impossible for us. As you know its a very expensive treatment and we dont get help from government for such treatment…

Anyway, life is hard but I want to hang on… I have been blessed with a wonderful family and I do not loose hope that one day all this will be behind me… I am surrounded by family and friends and my faith in God keep me going!

I am happy to share my story with you as I know you know what I face each day…

Thank you for having read me… I have cut a long story short though! But thank you…



Mauritius, Africa


One Response to “Christelle”

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

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