My name is Sharon. I am 33 years old and I was officially diagnosed with Ankylosing Spondylitis 2 months ago although I have been probably living with it for 30 years. My journey started 6 months ago when I had a very bad flare up and was in and out of the hospital. I had sever toe cramping and muscle spasms and very sever lower back pain ( My SI joint). It was and still is so inflamed it’s actually protruding out from my body causing the sever pain and inflammation. The hardest part about my journey with AS is watching my 3 year old son suffer as sometimes I just can’t take him to the park or run around the house playing silly games with him. I am looking forward to getting more effective treatment after seeing my specialist in October. The waiting list is long but it will be worth it. Thank you for listening to my story. I’m glad to be able to connect with people with AS from all over the world.