Diana Zavala

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My name is Diana Zavala I am 41 yrs. old and am a single mother of two wonderful teenage boys. I started having problems in 2008 and at the time I lived in Wisconsin and had a full time job. I was having aches and pains and some days I could barely get out of bed let alone walk. My doctor kept telling me that I had fibromyalgia and that I would be fine. I was sent to a pain management clinic and underwent so many procedures that were painful and in the end didn’t help. I lost my job in 2010 because I just couldn’t do it anymore, I worked as an unloader for a distribution center and did a lot of heavy lifting, and was on my feet for 10hrs every night, 4 nights a week. I just started getting worse with all the stress of not having a job and having to pay mortgage and bills. I ended up losing my home so I moved to Texas in 2012 to live with my parents. I didn’t get diagnosed with AS and tested positive for hlab27 until 2013, along with mixed connective tissue disease, iritis and other medical problems. I have always been a strong person but there are days that I don’t feel strong at all. I am glad I came across this on facebook and am able to read or comment on some of the posts. Now I know that I am not alone and feel that this group helps me move forward when I feel that I can’t do it anymore. My kids help and so do my parents but there are times when they make me feel as though I am just being lazy or overreacting. All I say to them is I just wish you understood and read about this illness. My youngest son has type 1 diabetes so he goes through rough days I just hope that some day they have a cure for his illness. Sometimes we just try to comfort each other, that’s all we can do. I am on treatments and hope that one day I can do the things that I used to do in the past as well as all the other people that suffer from AS. Smiling helps and humor even on the really bad days.
Texas, United States of America

One Response to “Diana Zavala”

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

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