AS Took Ahold of My Steering Wheel

I have had back pain for 10 years. However, one year ago, I had this uncomfortable pain on my sacrum that did not subside. I could not sit, stand, or lay for too long. Eventually more issues arrised with my joints.

I finally got a referral for a rheumatologist and eventually got diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis.

I had been working in healthcare for the last 5 years. I always blamed back pain on my job. Long 12 hour shifts and awkward body mechanics at times can easily cause issues to your back.


I had previously worked on a med/surg unit, and then transferred to the ED as a tech. I loved my job but sadly had to resign 5 months ago.

During this time, I am focusing on my mental health, along with my body to get better. I do Barre workouts and yoga and it has helped me significantly.

I also practice Eastern and Western medicine. I'm fascinated with all kinds of treatment methods and am very open minded.

I won't have the career I thought I was going to have. What am I capable of now? I won't be able to have another child any time soon. I won't be able to do long road trip adventures for awhile.

Appreciating what I have

Even though ankylosing spondylitis took that steering wheel that belonged to me to control my life, it's helped my patience grow thicker. It's made me greatly appreciate what I already have. It's helped me have a healthier lifestyle.

I still have days when I struggle and sound like a total hypocrite. However, I bounce back, and I am very proud of myself for that. I know my husband, family and friends are proud too, and thats all that matters isn't it?

Each day, is a new day for us all to better ourselves no matter what we have to juggle. When something falls, we pick it back up right?

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