Patty Putnam

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My name is Patty Putnam. I recently moved to Rhode Island with my husband and bulldog, Coconut. I was diagnosed with AS, 3 years ago at the age of 40. Shortly thereafter I was also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, Hashimotos, and Sjogrens. I have been feeling the symptoms of these diseases as far back as my 20’s but I was dismissed by doctors, specialists and my husband at that time. So, knowing it was real but having no support I continued to follow my passion for adventure as I lived in Colorado at the time. I was a long distance runner and enjoyed climbing 14ers. (14,000 ft. mountains) by my late 30’s the pain started escalating in my feet and back. Finally, At 40 I could barely walk and lived in constant agony. I am now happy to say that I focus on the positives in life and am learning to appreciate what I CAN do vs. who I “use to be”.

Rhode Island, United States of America

One Response to “Patty Putnam”

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

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