My name is Maria Rodriguez, I’m 26 . I was diagnosed in June, 2011, after a year long struggle of kidney stones due to all the ibuprofen I was being prescribes for ” Arthritis” I was told I had As,I took a breath of relief to find or what was really wrong, but broken hearted to hear the words NO CURE! AND SPINAL FUSION! MEDS HAVE CANCER RISK! I suffer from psoriasis, depression, nerve damage and poor lung expansion due to As, also sinusitis, and I’m currently on my 3Rd treatment Remicade. I have extreme fatigue, and I fight this everyday, I’m a single mother trying to rule As and not letting As rule me! I’m in a life long battle, I want to call the shots,As has changed my world, I hope and pray for a cure! Living one day at a time and taking one step at a time and no longer worrying about people thinking I’m too lazy or saying I look tired, guess what I’m here I have a disease, but I am A Warrior! I’m going to do this my way, if I need to sit or stand or stop and rest I’m going to do it!! 26, woman,mother,warrior!
Illinois United States of America