My wife and I have been married for 53 years, 20 of which have been spent in The Woodlands, TX. We have 3 children, 5 grandkids, and 2 great-granddaughters. I have been retired for 3 years after turning my company over to my children.
I was first diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis in 2005 after having many issues with my cervical spine over many years. My first fusion was in 2006, with a C1-C6 fusion. In 2017, I had C6-T1 fused with additional C6-T3 fusion in 2020. I am now free from pain.
When first diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis, I wanted to find others with the same condition to share our experiences. Thus began The Woodlands support group in 2008 with the help of SAA. After several years, I turned the leadership over to Iain McDonald who has taken the membership to one of the largest in the nation.
I believe in exercise to keep the body strong and in shape. I found that Tai Chi worked for me as it is a low-impact exercise that does not push the body beyond its limits. The SAA support groups are particularly important in finding information, assisting others, and providing support for all.
The purpose of this group is to provide support for those that have spinal issues. It will be a national support group with meetings via Zoom as it would be difficult for everyone to travel to a central location. I look forward to meeting each of you in person (on Zoom). I hope to make the meetings interesting and entertaining.