Samantha Yates



My name is Samantha Yates and I have been battling AS since March of 2014. I originally went in for an LONNGGG overdue eye exam and was referred from optometrist to ophthalmologist, and then to UCSF for further review. I have advanced anterior uveitis with a cystoid macular edema (a cyst on my retina!). Within a few weeks of that diagnosis they found out that it was a systemic issue and I am HLA B27 positive, leading to the AS diagnosis.

With the help of Remicade, Methotrexate, and some painful injections to the actual eye (and a few new pairs of sunglasses, of course!)- my symptoms were under control for almost a year. Unfortunately, with the change of insurance I am struggling again to basically start over with treatment and a new team. AS/Uveitis have eaten away all the color off my right eye and I have some bad “joint days”, but with the help of my #1 supporter my mom- I am hopeful things will work out in the end.

Attached is a picture of my mom and I and you can notice the differences in my eyes. A second picture is me in my happy place- the sun!!! I’m sure you can relate to my warm weather obsession J

Thanks for providing this outlet for sharing!!


California, United States of America

One Response to “Samantha Yates”

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

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