My name is Megan Ancheta. I’m from Alaska and am the author of the gluten free and allergy friendly blog, Allergy Free Alaska (www.allergyfreealaska.com). I’m 32 years young, and have been married to my best friend, AJ, for nearly 9 years. We have two beautiful girls together, Kylie (7) and Abbi (4).
I’m a stay at home mom. I homeschool, I love to cook (I’m working on publishing a cookbook) and am a lover of dark chocolate, coffee, and fine red wine.
I developed psoriasis in 1994, psoriatic arthritis (PsA) in 2005, and most recently, spondylitis in May 2012 (and somewhere along the lines secondary Raynaud’s decided it wanted to join the party also). Prior to being diagnosed with spondylitis, I treated my PsA with diet and holistic medicine. It did help, although I still suffered from intense pain. When the spondylitis finally set in, I lost nearly 10 lbs in 5 weeks. The pain was so intense my appetite was completely gone. I couldn’t function… it was affecting my family and my ability to take care of our children. My husband and I agreed it was time I tried one of the biologic medicines I had been so adamantly against taking. I was on Humira for nearly 3 months. I appreciated the energy it gave me, but my body rejected it, causing terrible IBS issues. I quit taking it and refused other biologic medications, simply because the Humira had ripped my stomach apart so badly that my body needed time to heal.
My husband and children are my saving grace. I am so blessed to have an incredibly supportive husband who works hard so I can stay at home with our children. He understands I have days I can’t function and never criticizes me for being in pajamas, the house being a wreck, or for serving eggs for dinner (sometimes that’s the most I can handle on nights I’m in extreme pain, and really, he doesn’t mind cooking the eggs either).
These days I’m back to using holistic medicine to treat my diseases and am looking forward to trying massage therapy in the future. There may be no known cure for PsA or AS, but I have HOPE; I have faith, and I believe in miracles and pray for one every day.
Thank you, Cookie, for allowing me to share my story.
Alaska United States of America