Happy Anniversary

Happy One Year Anniversary!

Today one year ago today, I posted my first story to the Faces of Ankylosing Spondylitis. A.S. Face 0001: Kevin Andrews, as I take a moment to reflect on the past year, I am amazed at all that we have accomplished.

Today we have 630 Faces , 414 of these stories are of women, 216 of these stories are of men, and 17 of them are of youth one being our youngest Maddy, who is only five years old.

We have 283,381 views on the site. We have had two people able to receive their diagnoses due to the Faces of A.S. site. We received nominations for Wego Health Rookie of the Year, and Health Activist of the Year, we were in the finalist in the Rookie of the Year, 2011.

We have a google map that includes all of us and shows local support groups. We have a Faces of AS Information board that has over 3000 post. It is an information board to be able to locate doctors, support groups or people near your area. It is my goal one day that people will start putting their information on there to help others.

We have banners and a badge that Jennifer Krueger designed for us. We have an adorable mascot named Bailey.

There are so many different things on the site that shows the differences of the wonderful people our community is made up of.

I was blessed to speak to Stuart’s mother, with the help of Ross and Mick. I received an email from Sara Frankl’s sister both thankful for the job we were doing to raise awareness for this disease.

I have mailed close to 600  I AM THE FACE OF ANKYLOSING SPONDYLITIS WRISTBAND around the world!

October 4, 2011 we made history! The Spondylitis Association of America honored us by including the Faces of Anklosing Spondylitis on their website.

We have done such an amazing job the first year; I can’t wait to see what tomorrow brings. Please check out the different links on the site, we are proving daily we are much more than a beautiful face!

Thank you all so much for helping us bring awareness and the truth about our lives with Ankylosing Spondylitis…. Here is to the next 370 to reach our goal of 1000 Faces!

Happy Anniversary to you all.

6 Responses to “Happy Anniversary”

  1. Awesome job Cookie! You are a true inspiration

  2. Happy First Anniversary Faces of AS!!!! ( : You have accomplished SO much in your first year! Even more success to come, I have NO doubt about that! Keep on going strong, Faces!


  3. Happy Anniversary!! I was diagnosed in March 2012 so I love this website!!

  4. Happy Anniversary Faces of AS! And thank you Cookie for making this site that provides so much inspiration to us all.

  5. Cookie! It is amazing! I hope you realize how much your work has helped so many. A grand purpose. Thank you.

  6. Happy Anniversary to your dream Cookie! You gave us all a connection, validation and a “face”. You are wonderful!!

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