Gabriela Guadalupe is a medical school student from the island of Puerto Rico. She was diagnosed with Ankylosing Spondylitis in March 2020 at the age of 25. About a year before her diagnosis, symptoms started with occasional limping and sacroiliac pain that became more persistent throughout time. Fortunately, her rheumatologist made the diagnosis in less than a month and her symptoms are currently under control with biologics.
With a bachelor's degree in Biology from the University of Puerto Rico Rio Piedras Campus and currently finishing her third year in San Juan Bautista School of Medicine, she plans on becoming a Pediatrician. She is passionate about community service, medicine, and wellness. Her hobbies include dancing, doing yoga, hiking, and spending time with family and friends which have been of great support throughout the diagnostic process.
Gabriela aims to connect with other patients going through the same process and be a voice to those with chronic illnesses at a young age. She's also looking forward to learning more about AS and sharing lifestyle modifications that have helped her and hopefully help others to manage their symptoms.
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