Diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis at age 35 after many years of back pain, joint stiffness, and fatigue, Leah Nichols has sought to relieve her symptoms through many natural modalities, with good success. Her passion for research not only fuels her personal pursuit to improve her life, but also gives her a solid platform from which she can help others. A registered nurse since 2004, Leah continues to work part time in her local hospital. She co-leads the local Spokane SAA Support Group, and participates in other community groups, while pursuing various creative hobbies in between.
I turned to the internet to find any support I could and to find local friends with the same issues, which I did. I moved a few years later and found an SAA group which has been amazing! My new “normal” now consists of a biologic (on my 4th), MTX injections, handcycling, and a love for advocacy and helping others.
I’m super excited to be joining SAA as a new support group leader!
I’ve been married for 20+ years to my husband Erik (who attends every meeting with me), and mom to two wonderful kids, my daughter who is in college and my son in high school. I love knitting, cooking, and racing at Disney World.