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