Hello my name is Lucy Camacho.
Was diagnosed with AS in March 2014, have had some rough times but am trying my best to move forward.
When I was recently diagnosed thought that my life would end, kept thinking of all possible ways this condition and medications would affect me and my family (Husband, 3 children (ages 11, 6 and 3) and Rocko (dog). However, having AS has made me see life in a different way, I now stop and smell the roses, this condition has made me realize that I need to slow down can no longer have a fast paced life style. I have learned to appreciate the present and no longer focus on tomorrow. I have a hate/love relationship with AS; hate the flare ups, aches, stiffness, injections but love the fact that this condition has given me a boost to be stronger, and am motivated more than ever to become active when possible, have walked several 5K’s, joined a gym (determined to walk, work out whenever possible), will grab a hold of AS, AS will not grab a hold of me.
Praying for a cure to be found sooner than later and for the well being of all fellow ASers.
Illinois, United States of America