Rachael Clarrissa

I was diagnosed at around 29-30. Similar to most AS patients my symptoms were constant, consistent and dismissed by doctors. It wasn’t until my mother advocated for me that I was given a serious look. Getting my diagnosis felt relieving and life ending all at the same time. I knew that my life was forever changed. Every day it is a battle not to let this thing get me down and yet sometimes it does. The pain, the swollen hands, the exhaustion, all of it is so hard. I will not stop persevering and because of you I have found a little bit more positivity in this life that I was given. I know I have it because I am strong enough to handle it.

I would love to be one of your Faces of AS. Representation is so important and as a person of colour I want to ensure that we remember that this can get anyone.

One Response to “Rachael Clarrissa”

  1. Dear Rachael,
    Thank you so much for sharing your story with us. Thank you so much for your kind words as they mean the world to me. You are right about anyone can get AS, but women are often overlooked or often dismissed. But we are proving to the world that AS is a every person, every race and every age disease.


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