Jessica Baird

Born and raised in Kingston, Ontario, Canada but lived in Ottawa for over ten years, my name is Jessica Baird and like everyone else on here, I have Ankylosing Spondylitis. I was diagnosed over a year ago but intense symptoms started over two years ago. I was experiencing upper respiratory infections, fatigue and swollen lymph nodes. That soon turned into joint pain and the need to walk with a cane. When the HLAB27 gene was found I was rushed in for x-rays and an MRI, which proved erosion on my SI joints. I also live with Vonwillibrands, which a form of hemophilia so I cannot take NSAIDs. I am awaiting Humira and hope for the day that I will experience remission.
Two years ago the symptoms made it too difficult to work as a teacher and I thought I had lost out on life as I loved my career. However, in this time family and friend’s asked how they could help and I said, “Send me fun silly socks and I will wear a fun pair every day of year”. I received thousands and thousands of pairs of socks and now I pay it forward and send socks out to folks who are suffering illness and challenges to brighten their day thus now known as, The Sock Project.
I have had many opportunities to share my story, including a recent radio broadcast:
You can also check out my website: where you can read my books online and listen to a TVOKids broadcast about AS.
Please reach out if you are struggling and I will send you socks!
As I said in my recent radio interview, “Love loud, love louder and keep loving”.
Ontario, Canada

One Response to “Jessica Baird”

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

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