Community Voices

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. 

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SAA is always looking for those in the spondyloarthritis community to tell their story (patients, caregivers, medical personnel, and friends of the community – all are welcome!).

ByCarrie Bonin

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The first time I complained to my doctor about pain in the morning was around 16.  His response was “Most people wake up with some pain in the morning. It’s completely normal”. 

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ByJen Johnson-Crosby

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Jen Johnson-Crosby Many of you may or may not know about the medical issues that have been going on within my body. They have changed my life in so many ways. I am an LCH WARRIOR and…

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ByGillian & Albert

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My name is Gillian and I have been living with Ankylosing Spondylitis all my life, one way or another. As a child, I was aware my dad wasn’t the same as other dads, he was bent right over,…

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ByKayla Slack

Kayla Slack

I was first diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis when I was 12 years old. I remember being outside at recess with terrible back pain that would have me almost in tears. I knew there was something wrong and…

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ByDon Markham

Don Markham

Hello, my name is Don Markham and I was formally diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis in 2014 after a major flare. Like a lot of us, I had never heard of ankylosing spondylitis (AS) before this diagnoses. I…

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ByJessica Moreland

Jessica Moreland

I am 40 years old and I was diagnosed with Ankylosing Spondylitis in spring of 2017. My symptoms began with multiple attacks of Uveitis, an inflammation in the iris of the eye...

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