Thursday, February 28, 2019 6:30 pm
Southern Tier Church of Christ
351 E. Thurston St.
Elmira, NY 14901
I live in upstate New York. I am a teaching assistant in public education
who loves working with young children. I am married and have five grown
children who are married. I enjoy biking, traveling, reading, quilting and
spending time with all or any of my five grandchildren. I am also active in my
church teaching Sunday school and helping with a financial peace class that
helps people get out of debt.
Ankylosing Spondylitis became part of my life in 2005 when my 17 year old
was diagnosed. It came as a total surprise and took a while to diagnose. I had
never heard of this inflammatory disease before that but it has become a part
of my daily life. I was diagnosed eight years later in 2013. It was a very
frustrating time for me as several doctors tried to figure out what was wrong.
I actually could not walk for a couple of months during that time. I am happy
to say that with the correct treatment I am doing much better! I take it one
day at a time and try to not to take things for granted – flare ups can come at
the most inopportune time. It is my hope that this support group will provide
valuable resources (which I continue to learn about) and encouragement to help
anyone who is living with this inflammatory disease.
Starting a spondylitis support group can be a fulfilling and rewarding challenge. The knowledgeable volunteers who lead SAA-Sponsored Spondylitis Educational Support Groups play a vital role by providing a forum for those with spondylitis to connect and offer support. Interested in taking on this role?
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