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Have a DIY Spa Day for Your Aches and Pains

I am honored to be joining the team here at Ankylosing Spondylitis News. I have been living with ankylosing spondylitis (AS) for the past 20 years, so I am very familiar with the ups and downs of having a rare disease crash land into your life and snatch control…

Just Keep Swimming

Have you ever watched the movie “Finding Nemo?” If you have, you might recall the scene in which Dory, the optimistic, forgetful, and friendly fish, tells her newfound fish friend Marlin, a clownfish who just lost his only son, Nemo, to “just keep swimming.” Dory’s simple three-word phrase reminds…

Ankylosing Spondylitis Is Not Your Fault

Some people just don’t “get” chronic illness, and they can be pretty cruel about it — or thoughtless, at the very least. It’s hard when people don’t understand what it’s like for those with ankylosing spondylitis (AS) to live with daily pain and the pressures of financing medication,…

Balance Your Anxiety and Concern About COVID-19

I’ve noticed lately that public health crises, such as the new coronavirus pandemic, make many people anxious. This is especially true for the immunocompromised, disabled, and chronically ill. Of course, there’s a difference between health anxiety and health concern. Anxiety is obsessive. It’s irrational and toxic. Concern, on the…

Everything You’ve Ever Wanted to Know About AS

Look, I get it. You can’t blame people for being curious. It’s hard not to be when someone lives with an incurable — and mostly invisible — disease. I’m not hunched over, and I don’t typically have swollen red eyes, so to other people, I look “normal.” In this…