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My name is Gail. I was diagnosed with AS at age 24 (before there were biologics!). I’m now 58. It’s been a journey, through multiple medications, injections and infusions. Strangely, up until last year, I thought I would eventually go into remission. Unfortunately, that has never been the case, and I’m learning to accept it now without losing hope. The past year was rough as I had four surgeries, two from broken ankles followed by two hip replacements. I still am frustrated with physicians and surgeons who have little to no understanding of this disease. The compounded effect of a systemic disease and multiple surgeries was emotionally devastating. I’ve come so far and after 16 months on crutches I am now walking 3 miles a day. This site where others have AS has helped so much, to know that I’m not alone in managing this. Thank you all.

One Response to “Gail”

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

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