When ‘Imagined’ Pain Becomes a Real Diagnosis
I showed up at my doctor’s office with stickers all over my back. The pain usually was most severe in the middle of the night. Yet, I was always surprised…
Janneke Phung is a freelance columnist for the Ankylosing Spondylitis division at BioNews, is a mother to 3 delightful boys and married to a wonderfully supportive husband. She lives in Calgary, Alberta, and takes full advantage of being surrounded by prairies and mountains. Janneke loves spending time with her family, homemaking, homeschooling her boys, and puttering in the kitchen.
In October 2019, after years of health struggles and needing to advocate for herself, she was diagnosed with AS, prompting her to make drastic changes to her lifestyle. Her motto is “Just Keep Swimming” in the face of adversity – with the hope of perseverance and a passion for advocating for others struggling with rare diseases. She finds fulfillment in walking alongside others who suffer from ankylosing spondylitis (AS). She created Starch-Free Feasting, a website that seeks to help others find support, encouragement, and nourishment in their efforts to manage AS.
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