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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

ByBrad Aspey

Brad Aspey

As I looked around the room watching the other beginner “Yogis” doing the relatively easy movements and positions that I was struggling so hard to do, I noticed a significant difference between myself and others who physically…

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ByPhil Donlay

The Platypus

Ankylosing Spondylitis brings change, and most of it is bad, or really bad, depending on your point of view. I’m not describing physical pain, as we all know far too well what that’s all about. What I’m…

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ByPhil Donlay

Are You Sure It’s Just A Flare?

One Friday evening, a day like any other, I fixed a salad for dinner, watched television, and then…

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ByDonnie Hogan

Donnie Hogan

Donald Ray Hogan, aka Donnie, is a fellow patient of ankylosing spondylitis. What most don't know is Donnie is Anna Nicole Smith’s younger brother (they are half siblings on their father’s side.)

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ByLydia Harris

Lydia Harris

The first time I felt a flare up was after a softball game, in which I lost complete function of my right arm.

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ByDan Reynolds

This AS Life Live! Season 2: BONUS PART 2

In this short bonus video, we turn the camera around and interview the face of the This AS…

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