Jeanette Kowalik

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My name is Jeanette Kowalik.
I was born in & currently live in Wisconsin.

I was diagnosed with AS in 2008. Before then, the assumption was severe pain via prep sports compounded by motor vehicle accidents. Thankful for the wisdom of my late father Gil, I opted for a second opinion for spinal surgery. The second opinion led to rheumatology for further testing (HLA-B27+).  After a long road of pain (10+ years), I learned that I had AS. As anyone w/ AS knows, there’s no cure or magic pill. Rather, we search for a combination of activities to stall fusing & reduce pain, medications such as biologics, healthy diet & stress management.  Honestly, AS has made me a better person. I don’t take anything for granted. I no longer question why me but I’m thankful to God all around. My whole perspective of life has been enhanced.

Philippians 4:13 & Romans 8:18

Wisconsin, United States of America

5 Responses to “Jeanette Kowalik”

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

  2. Ever since seeing you on the news today in regard to the coronavirus in Milwaukee. I became a resident in 2016. I have the biggest crush on you. Sorry to hear about your diagnosis!

  3. You ROCK babe!!! Thanks for being a comforting force during this unbelievable time the state/nation is in

  4. My name is Don Burton your dad and I had worked at Harnischfeger together. He took me to buy my first pro trumpet. I was saddened to hear about his passing. I also worked with your brother Mark. He was one my best friends. Even after he left P&H we stayed in touch but for some reason my Christmas card started coming back and I couldn’t call him anymore. Is he ok? I would really love to hear from him. If it’s possible could you relay this message to him. I’m leaving my number and my email address is Please get back to me with anything that you can. Thank you.

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