I have Ankylosing Spondylitis in my spine and may other joints. Basically my body believes it is injured. In order to heal itself, it creates inflammation. The inflammation causes pain and damages my bones which could cause my joints to eventually fuse together. There is no known cure and treatment can be very hit or miss. A few years ago my rheumatologist sent me to a physiotherapist to see if strengthening my core would help as there were no more treatment options available. He told me find a way to move more or accept a wheelchair. So I started swimming. I decided to set myself a goal to complete a triathlon. My doctors thought I was insane. My husband refused to even discuss the subject. But not only did I prove them all wrong. I also found a strength I never thought myself capable of. Not a physical strength but a mental one. Now a triathlon simply isn’t enough. I want that ultimate goal. To call myself an Ironman. So March 7th 2020 is the date of Ironman in Taupo New Zealand. That is the day I put it all on the line to prove that no matter what you have to over come. If you truly believe and give it everything you have. Anything is possible.
Ankylosing Spondylitis was once considered to be a mans disease. It took 30 years to finally find a doctor who would listen. Who didn’t say my mind was playing tricks on me and I was simply imagining the pain. There is no cure and in some cases the side effects from the drugs are more dangerous that the disease itself. Once the damage has been done, it can never be undone. But by spreading awareness maybe I can save someone else from what I went through.
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