My name is Libby Tucker and I began having symptoms when I was 21 years old. My right knee filled with fluid and after the doctors drained it, it kept coming back until I finally had surgery. For the next several years, I would be on methotrexate, vioxx, Celebrex and prednisone. I still never had a true diagnosis. I stopped having symptoms all together and got off all meds. For the next 5 years, I boastfully claimed God had healed me of my arthritis. In 2012, it came back with a vengeance. I was living in a different city then and was seeing a new doctor who then diagnosed me with Ankylosing Spondylitis. Before getting back on meds, I went through a period where I wasn’t sure if I could even walk from day to day. I hid it very well and still do. Most people don’t know. I am currently taking humira and mobic and doing very well. My grandfather had one of the worst cases of AS his doctor had ever seen. By time of his death in 2007, he was so hunched over, he only stood about 5 feet tall.
My biggest thing is seeing the positive. The last time I was at my doctor, I asked him , “do you think I’ll have to take the Humira the rest of my life?” And he said ‘yes’. My first thought was, ‘Thank God that we have the medicine that gives me my life back. A medicine that grandfather wasn’t able to have’. I am so grateful everyday. This disease reminds me of how important life is and reminds me of my grandpa. Life is good, God is great. Be thankful every day.
Tennessee, United States of America