I was diagnosed with Ankylosing Spondylitis in the spring of 2018. I was later diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis that summer. My teen daughter was also diagnosed with AS and psoriatic arthritis in the fall of 2018. Between the two of us we have been on many different NSAIDs and biologics. Currently Remicade infusions are working for me, and Enbrel is working for her.
I am working very hard to stay as active as I can for as long as I can. Last year I ran the Chicago Marathon – my first marathon ever – as part of the Arthritis Foundation charity team. My daughter is still playing ice hockey and softball to stay as mobile as she can.
We certainly have our challenging days – cortisone injections for both of us, hip surgery for me, and LOTS of physical therapy. I also use yoga and massage to try to stay flexible and limber. Every day is a patchwork of remedies to keep me moving.
I am so happy to be volunteering with the SAA. I cannot wait to share my experiences as a patient and a mom, but also to learn from others!