This is my story of escape from bondage and to finding joy: 18 years ago, I was diagnosed with A.S. I was working as a phlebotomist/ medical assistant in a Rheumatologists office when I found out that I had the same condition for which I was treating many of my patients. My battle with A.S. has been much the same as others who carry the burden of A.S; as a physical, mental, emotional, social and spiritual roller coaster that we deal with on a daily basis. Today, however, I live virtually pain free and have for the past 2 years now. Every day feels like a miracle and a blessing and I feel an abundance of gratitute. As a result of this drastic change in my daily walk through a life of A.S., I want to encourage others and share the lifestyle changes that have improved all aspects of my person. The following is a list of the choices that I consider to have contributed the most to my current great health (It is by no means complete): 1.Water – adequate hydration 2. Walking – daily 3. Breathing – diaphragmatic 4. Food intake – close to nature 5. Laughter 6. Love 7. God and most of all 8. Overcoming a 13-year prescription opiate addiction over 2 years ago.
I would like to encourage everyone with A.S. to drink more water, as well as learn the truth about how opiates work against a body in chronic pain.
Joy and Love to All,
Michele Tower Thorne Bay, Alaska
p.s. Don’t quit five minutes before the miracle!
Alaska, United States of America