Lifestyle

Living with ankylosing spondylitis

Doodles Dealing with Arthritis

When I learned about ankylosing spondylitis it was immediately made clear that it’s not simply “back pain”. I can relate. I’m so sick of people assuming I’ve just hurt my knees somehow. Yet, these personal frustrations have helped me realize how important it is to listen to people with different experiences, and not immediately try to fix them, but learn from them.

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Smoking with ankylosing spondylitis? The worst idea ever!

Nowadays, it’s a widely accepted fact that smoking tobacco is harmful to your health in so many ways. In fact, an estimated 80,000 people die each year from diseases caused by smoking in the UK alone. Several scientific research studies have found tobacco smoking can worsen your ankylosing spondylitis, especially if you’re one of the heavy smokers.

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Pink Elephants and World of Warcraft

I am Canadian and, well, here in Canada, we have maple syrup in abundance, and the glorious poutine which is chips smothered in gravy and cheese curds. Also, I’m HLA-B27 positive and this is my story.

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Keep going, there’s a hope in motion!

After looking at maps for hours, I developed a desire to go out there, explore and discover. So, in 2009 I decided to cycle from Switzerland to China. Since then I’ve cycled more than 40,000km, crossed 28 countries, exchanged thousands of smiles and fulfilled many incredible dreams!
However, my world was shaken last year. I discovered a new companion in my life called ankylosing spondylitis.

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My Battle With An Invisible Illness

“Move towards the ball!” shouted my friends, as I struggled to limp towards their simple passes on the football pitch.

I was just eighteen, but I felt like I had the body of an 80-year-old. I couldn’t play sport. I couldn’t walk up the stairs properly on some days. It even hurt to take deep breaths. Anything which involved some degree of movement – I couldn’t do it.

Looking back, it was obvious that something was seriously wrong with me.

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The Gorilla In Your House

Acquiring a disability is a bit like getting home to find there’s a gorilla in your house. You contact the approved and official channels to get rid of infestations of wild animals (in this case, the NHS) and they umm and aah and suck air in through their teeth before saying something roughly equivalent to “what you’ve got ‘ere, mate, is a gorilla, and there ain’t really a lot what we can do about them, see…” before sending you back home to the gorilla’s waiting arms.

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Your Summer Festival Guide pt I – Before you go

Welcome to Your Summer Festival Guide! It’s not ‘ours’ it’s definitely ‘yours’, as we asked the ASone community to share their tips and advice on going to festivals. We had such a great response we thought we’d publish it in two parts.

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Deducing my Ankylosing Spondylitis

As I am a 17 years old, in my years of youth, I basically think I know everything about everything, (as every teen does) but, I can honestly admit, I had not a clue what ankylosing spondylitis was until a few years ago when, ironically, my knowledge expanded.

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Mind Management

By reading this, you’re probably hoping to hear a positive story you can connect with. By reading this, you perhaps feel the need to be inspired or be given directions to follow. But by reading this, you have already taken the first steps down your own path, as you’ve decided to seek help, learn about your condition or take comfort in knowing you’re not alone. So give yourself some credit, you’ve done well.

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