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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

ByRick Philips

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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BySara Shaw

Seeking the Light at the End of this Tunnel

I do not have all the answers, but I know that we will get through this, and while…

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ByRachel Zaimont

Walk AS One Helps the Spondyloarthritis Community Find Their “Happy…

“There comes a point where you either subdue to it, or you…

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