My name is Kimberly Kundinger, I am 34 years old and from Wisconsin Rapids, WI. I was diagnosed with AS in 2006. AS has changed my life in bad ways and in good ways. In away it has been a blessing and a curse all at the same time. I am no longer able to do the things I enjoy like playing piano, sing as a praise singer in church, work, go off roading or do a lot of the things that I really enjoy doing. Life not only changed for me but also for my husband. We had everything planned out with our goals and dreams. Including having children, which we where not able to do due to my AS and other health issues. Going on disability and the loss of income has put a kink in things for us. We’ve had some very hard times with our finances while I was unable to work while waiting to get approved for disability. I miss going to work I enjoyed working and had the perfect job but I was no longer able to physically meet the needs of the position.
Even though me being sick has been hard on our marriage it has strengthen us as a couple. It has given me a different out look on life. I have way more compassion for others then I ever did. I see life in a different perspective. I guess you could say I’ve learned to slow down and smell the roses. My faith has helped me tremendously. With out my faith in God I don’t think I could handle things the way I do. God gives me the strength to face each day and each challenge as it comes my way. My husband and I got involved with church just a few months before I was diagnosed with AS. I know that without my faith I would of gave up a long time ago. I am also thankful for groups like this that remind me that I’m not alone dealing with AS. It helps to have someone else who knows what I go through to talk with. I am thankful for a husband that loves me and sticks besides me.
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