Nicole Maher

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I began to experience chronic pain while in college at The Ohio State University. I found myself unable to participate in the sports I once loved, and sometimes unable to walk to class, due to back, hip, and knee pain. After years of being told it was “all in my head,” I made a promise to myself. I would not stop until I found an answer to why my body felt much older than it was. I knew this was not normal, and the joint swelling was evidence it was not “all in my head.” After months of testing and visits to multiple specialists, I was diagnosed with Ankylosing Spondylitis in November 2014 at the age of 23. I hope that with treatment, I will one day be able to live pain-free.

Florida, United States of America
-Nicole Maher


One Response to “Nicole Maher”

  1. Dear Nicole,
    Thank you so much for sharing your story with us.
    Sincerely Cookie

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