I was lucky in that when my pain hit it knocked me down hard and fast. I worked for doctors at the time and they knew right away what tests to run. I was diagnosed quickly however the merry-go-round of treatment that followed went by painfully slow. Then, finally, I found my pain starting to plateau. I looked up and realized five years had gone by. What I had known as my live was gone. My son had started school, I had a beautiful baby girl about to turn two and it all felt like a foggy dream I couldn’t quite remember.
At that moment I realized how much Ankylosing Spondylitis had taken from me. I chose right then to not let it take anymore. It’s not easy. I fight everyday. Ankylosing Spondylitis has given me chronic fatigue that robs me of my energy. I feel like I’m climbing mountains everyday to do even the simplest of things. The daily pain makes it hard to focus on anything. A healthy diet and exercise go a long way but I know nothing will ever make me what I was before. I am still me though. I just had to find ways to do the things I thought I couldn’t. I search for ways to enjoy what I have instead of focusing on what I don’t. That’s how I’ve found peace with this. What about you?