Faces of AS

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My name is Melissa and I am 24. I have suffered from AS for an estimated five years, though I was only diagnosed two years ago.

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ByKevin Stevenson

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I began experiencing symptoms around the age of 23. Although I had periodically experienced symptoms prior to then, my first distinct memory was when my roommate, some friends and I went to the movies.

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ByAmy Hicks

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I first began having pain in my very early 20s. I went to my primary doctor, who told me it was a pulled muscle, gave me pain pills and sent me on my way with a “come…

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ByAmber Panagos

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Amber Panagos Although my diagnosis is new my disease is not. I’ve had chronic back pain since my early 20’s and it’s been slowly progressing ever since. By the time I hit 30 I refused to accept…

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ByRichard Howard

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Richard Howard 9 Days. The approximate number of pain free days in the last 24 years. One would think that I would know for sure how many days. The pains are 24 hours/day. Well, perhaps not 24…

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ByMichael Smith

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Michael Tracy Smith My name is Michael Tracy Smith (a.k.a. Spenser23) I am a Face of AS. This is my story. I was in a stairwell in 30 Rock, (the building, not the sitcom), when I first…

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