Deanna Schmidt

 
Hi, my name is Deanna Schmidt and I was diagnosed with A.S. in December 1996 at the age of 27. At that time I was in the Military and after years of back pain was so glad to finally be diagnosed with an actual medical problem. Unfortunately I was unaware at the time that A.S. would lead me to being medically released 4 years later. Luckily I met a wonderful man in 1998 and we have been with each other ever since. After I was released I worked as a Graphic Designer for 4 years and in 2004 I was blessed by finally getting pregnant.  It was a high risk pregnancy that resulted in an emergency C-Section but she is as healthy as her Father, thankfully.  I’ve been a stay a home Mom for 6 years, which has been difficult because of AS but also because my Husband is in the Military and away a lot.  But I try my best to look after our daughter and the house.  Originally I was supposed to go back to work once she started school full-time but I have recently applied for disability through CPP because I have 3 medical problems and I honestly can not work even at a desk for more than an hour now.  My AS is now advanced, my SI joints are fused and I have kyphosis posture.  I also had a perforated ileum and received a Rt. Hemicolectomy due to Crohns and I also have Meniere’s which is very active.  Oh and I can’t forget iritis, luckily I haven’t had to deal with that in over a year!  I am currently on Humira, I don’t feel any better, in fact I’m more tired now if that is even possible.  Most days I feel so bitter and depressed but then I realize how lucky I am to be married to a wonderful man and that we have a wonderful and healthy little girl who really keeps me going in life 🙂
Brandon, Manitoba, Canada

3 Responses to “Deanna Schmidt”

  1. Dear Deanna,
    Thank you so much for sharing your story with us and your beautiful family!
    I understand the bitterness and anger that this disease causes us because of the things we loose. Sometimes it’s hard to enjoy the blessings when we are in so much pain. I hope that you know that with us you have found a friend you can always depend on.
    Sincerely Cookie

  2. Keep smiling love….your not alone xxoo

  3. Deanna, I like your statement about “feeling more tired now if that is possible”… LOL … I too am very tired of being so tired! And it just gets silly anymore when I want to lay down after simple tasks, or after being up for just abit. (hard to think of days when we did so very much, right?) Thank you for sharing your story with all of us! I find your strength encouraging 🙂

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