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When Pain Becomes Your Constant Friend

I realize that the title of this column is hyperbolic, but it contains an element of truth. I often think about how we get to know our daily pain on a deep, intuitive level. We can guess its patterns and ways of expression. We can understand where it came from…

How Stress Impacted My Ankylosing Spondylitis

When I was officially diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis (AS) two years ago, I’d been having symptoms for the better part of a decade. The diagnosis came at a time when I finally had health insurance and could book myself in to see a rheumatologist at one of the best…

What Ankylosing Spondylitis Taught Me About Myself

Getting diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis (AS) wasn’t just about figuring out (finally!) which disease was causing me to feel like a hot garbage fire — it was about accepting one unchangeable reality and creating a new one. The unchangeable reality came with a thousand variables: Your body will…

How to Stay Informed About Ankylosing Spondylitis

I’m a wellness writer and editor. Some of my work has appeared in publications including The New York Times, Good Housekeeping, and here at Ankylosing Spondylitis News — my favorite! My last full-time gig was as editor of a wellness retailer’s blog. The brand wanted to be seen as a trustworthy authority…