In 2010 I was diagnosed with Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS) after struggling for 15 years trying to figure out why I was in pain and i have gone through some a lot of ups and downs. Finding the "right" medication took a bit. March 2013 my rheumatologist put me on Humira and a few weeks later I started to feel better. My rheumatologist wanted me to be more active, so I decided to give running a try. At first, I ran for a few minutes at a time. That was then a big accomplishment! For the first time in years it felt like I had control over my own body again.
I started to run more and longer, as I pushed myself I've gone farther than I've ever imagined possible . Never thought I would be able to run a half marathon,but I did. And almost every race I run, I feel stronger than I ever felt before. AS sometimes kicks me hard, but I kick it back even harder! Some days it hurts to breathe or tie my shoes, but I want to show people that they don't have to let the pain control them.
My goal is to run for those who can't anymore, to spread awareness and to kick Ankylosing Spondylitis! Since 2014 I competed in two 5K's 2 10k and 1 half marathon. In 2015 my main goal was to raise awareness for Ankylosing Spondylitis.
I love these 2 statements:
“Sitting on the sofa with a box of Kleenex will not help you in any way,” advised Isabel. “Be a champion, stand up and fight, and don’t ever allow arthritis to keep you down!”
Pain changes people,” Without my AS diagnosis, I would never have thought of running as a gift. Now when I run, I feel happy and free. I appreciate every single step I take.”