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Ricky White

Posted in Meet The MOWer's, The Blogs By Ricky on June 21, 2011 by Cookie Has A.S.

I hope you enjoy my posts, and if you learn something in the process that’s always a nice bonus.

In the beginning of 2007 I began to suffer with back pain and Sacroiliac Joint pain. This is often treatable and curable. However occasionally this is not always the case and just the start of something more serious. Unfortunately the latter was true for me, and in April 2010 I was finally diagnosed with Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS). This is a type of Inflammatory Arthritis which is a chronic and life changing condition. Like most sufferers I often battle through the day trying to manage my pain and symptoms.

Ankylosing Spondylitis like all chronic conditions becomes your life, but this doesn’t mean you life has to become your condition. This blog is a way of not only spreading awareness of the condition, but as a way of showing the world (and myself) the lengths we go to to manage our condition, and how we can enjoy doing so in the process.


Dana Morningstar

Posted in Meet The MOWer's, The Blogs By Dana on June 21, 2011 by Cookie Has A.S.

Hi, I have avascular necrosis in my shoulders, hips, and knees, psoriatic arthritis, sjogren’s, fibromyalgia, and hypermobility. I just found out that I have severe arthritis in my cervical spine and a bulging disk in my lumbar spine. Three years ago my spine orthopaedic surgeon told me I had a small amount of arthritis in my SI joint. The question still remains: Is the spinal involvement due to psoriatic spondylitis, which is a rare more severe form of psoriatic arthritis or is it a new diagnosis of Ankylosing Spondylitis. Whatever the diagnosis, the treatment will remain the same. I had my left hip replaced in 2003, and now I had my right shoulder replaced in March of 2010. I literally am giving my right arm to be ambidextrous! LOL! Pain is just another part of my life. It is just a question of where and how much. At times, I take 16 to 20 pills a day. I go every 4 weeks to the infusion center at the hospital to get a 3 hour IV for my arthritis. Just when one thing seems to be doing better, something else goes downhill! My attitude, however, is always going uphill! I am 36 years old, have been married nearly 11 years, and my husband and I have just adopted our first child in Dec. 2010! I have a lot on my plate right now, but I take it one moment at a time. I believe that God will never give me more than I can handle. However, I do need to learn to ask for help sometimes instead of always doing it by myself! I have a blog: I Already Gave My Right Arm To Be Ambidextrous!

Jackie Aitchison

Posted in Meet The MOWer's, The Blogs By Jackie on June 21, 2011 by Cookie Has A.S.

I have had AS, diagnosed, for nearly 40 years now. I have suffered from many of the associated problems, I have had spinal surgery, my spine is now nearly completely fused so I have a very bent back (I know there is a medical term, but hey lets keep it simple) and my neck has little movement. I need a stick to get around these days since last fracture.

I hope my blogs are helpful and informative, my mission is to speak plainly and clearly about any and all connected issues I can think of, as I have a fairly good understanding of life with AS. The friends and families of fellow AS’s can find it as difficult to learn about the disease as the patient, so honest information is so important. Also for those in the early stages of diagnosis I hope they will read and learn and investigate so they are well armed in with information on the treatments available and how they can help themselves to try and avoid having to live with the level of disfigurement I have.

And lastly I hope to show that despite it all, keeping a sense of humour, trying to smile and be positive, and remembering that although your life maybe under the spell of AS, you must still be you. In my case that is shown with my love of cats, handbags, books, jewellery, my red hair and colour co-ordinated walking sticks, I mean a girl has to have some standards!!

Jeannette Anne Hays

Posted in Meet The MOWer's, The Blogs By Jeannette on June 21, 2011 by Cookie Has A.S.

Meloni Thompson-Thompson

Posted in Meet The MOWer's, The Blogs By Meloni on June 21, 2011 by Cookie Has A.S.

Jennifer Slawson LeBlanc

Posted in Meet The MOWer's, The Blogs By Jennifer on June 21, 2011 by Cookie Has A.S.

About Me

I grew up near the sea with 2 parents and 3 siblings. You could often find me with my nose in a book, riding my bike, or in a tree fort.

I spent a year in Canada in my college years. Between literature classes, chips & salsa, and collaborating on school projects, I met a tall, handsome Canadian and a few years later we got married.

We are raising two beautiful children and also lost an unborn baby. That loss shapes who I am and how I see the world.

I have been living with chronic pain since 2005, have had multiple surgeries, and was diagnosed with a chronic inflammatory disease in 2010.

I believe in using writing and art for expression and healing. I try to make a choice daily to be joyful, positive, and allow the hard stuff to help me grow.Within loss and pain there are countless blessings.

I homeschool our daughters and love encouraging their creativity and unique interests.

Someday I hope to publish a book, and see Europe with my husband. For now I hope to be a positive person and inspire others to use their creativity.

Thank you for visiting Live Art.fully!



Kate Stone

Posted in Meet The MOWer's, The Blogs By Kate on June 21, 2011 by Cookie Has A.S.
Hey I am Kate. I live in Atlanta, I am married and have children, and I have AS. My blog is written about my struggles with chronic physical and mental pain as I also have bipolar disorder. There is not a current theme to my blog, I tend to write only on my darker days so my blog tends to be heavily dark but this will give me a great opportunity to try something different! I love being able to participate in this. Thanks Kelly!