I am a Canadian living in Portugal. I´ve been diagnosed with AS in 2007, it´s been tough , phisically the pain is excrutiating, but, what has made everything worse is the lack of knowledge people have on this disease, especially here in Portugal. Its very hard for someone to understand the pain, the flares and the unexplainable fatigue. I have found that comunicating with others that suffer the same helps me so much. I am grateful for these new tecnologies that allows us to express how we feel with people that are going through the same and understand. I am a mother of 2 boys and a bridal consultant here in Portugal. Lori Nunes, 40 years old.