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Welcome to our virtual community! Start by browsing through the personal stories featured here.

We have organized these stories into two categories: Your Stories – stories sent to us at the Spondylitis Association of America – and selections from The Faces of Ankylosing Spondylitis project. You will also find episodes of “This AS Life Live!” an online talk show for people with AS hosted by Dan Reynolds – an AS patient and lead singer of the rock band Imagine Dragons.

We’d love your story as well! Send it to us at Programs@spondylitis.org

ByHeidi Waltz

Diet and Exercise: My Game Changer

I noticed that whenever my stress and anxiety levels increased, my inflammation markers started to climb, too. I read several books about the immune system…

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ByJanelle Dix

My Exceptional Dad

I want to share the story of my dad’s life and how his ankylosing spondylitis (AS) impacted him and our family, but ultimately how his exceptional spirit outshone his disease.

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ByRick Phillips

I Was the Fat Kid

There comes a time in every person’s life when they adopt what they come to believe about themselves. At some point in my childhood, I…

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ByLaRiena Ferguson

Lifting the Weight of AS

I used to be a very angry person because I hurt all the time. Now, it takes a lot to even make me agitated. I’m…

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ByDanielle Noble

Spondyloarthritis, My Support Systems, and Me

When I was nine years old, I went to the doctor for a mysteriously swollen knee, one that I couldn’t remember hitting on anything and…

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ByMohamed Saeed

Spondyloarthritis: A Story of Math, Disconnection and Pain

I feel more and more detached, yet I have high hopes. I keep praying. Without prayers I can…

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