My name is Allie and I am a mother of three beautiful grown girls, three dogs and two cats, and grandma (or Grack as they call me) to two sweet boys. I have spent almost 30 years in Austin and can’t imagine living anywhere else.
I am now a customer service representative for a laboratory after spending 11 years as a phlebotomist. I’ve been in customer service two years and couldn’t be happier with my job.
As far as AS goes, I was diagnosed 6 years ago at the age of 39 after spending two years going to doctor after doctor trying to figure out why I hurt so much. I even saw two docs at the clinic I worked at and was called a drug-seeker. I switched doctors again and was immediately referred to a rheumatologist. She diagnosed me and the trial and error of what managed my pain began. I swore I wouldn’t let AS change my life, but four years ago I had to quit my job as a phlebotomist because all the standing and bending became too painful.
I started this group here in Austin not just to meet others like me but also to learn more and keep myself and friends and family more educated about AS. I feel like at the very least having someone else who understands can be a huge weight off your shoulders, but knowing what you’re up against can be more than a little helpful.