Yesterday, here on Life with Lynnie (LwL), I discussed Lupus. Today, I'll be discussing Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS). And, Fibromyalgia (FM).
If you know what AS is, I'll be pleasantly surprised. Many people do not have any idea what it is. To help you understand, I'll let you know that it is a rare rheumatoid arthritic disease.
Here is a link, so you can read a bit about AS: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ankylosing_spondylitis.
Please watch this short Youtube video. It is by SPONDYLITISdotORG, and is entitled, Areas of Inflammation in Ankylosing Spondylitis: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2s8eueQ4-eM.
Here is a link to another YouTube video, by ASsufferer entitled, My life with Ankylosing Spondylitis: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vf3Yv2cJgdc.
Here is a link for you to read about Fibromyalgia (FM): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fibromyalgia.
Some people who suffer from AS, also suffer from FM. Here is a link for you to read about that fact. The article is by Spondylitis Association of America and is entitled, Fibromyalgia in Women with Ankylosing Spondylitis: http://www.spondylitis.org/press/news/284.aspx.
You may wonder why today's topic is about AS. And, about Fibromyalgia. To me, it's simple.
I have Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS). And, I also have Fibromyalgia (FM).
This is not something new for me. I have had AS and FM for many years, now.
Yes, this has been part of my life, for a very long time. Long before I even suffered over the past couple of years, having had repeated surgeries/operations.
Anyone who knows me, or has read the book I wrote entitled, Love Never Fails You... knows that I had been in a major collision, back in 1980. The collision happened when the school bus I was driving, was hit by a tractor-trailer driver.
I suffered many injuries. Later, I suffered another back injury after Worker's Compensation Board (WCB... known today as Workplace Safety Insurance Board... WSIB) told me I was okay to do any kind of work, when I truly wasn't.
Being diagnosed wasn't easy. And, it is a rather long story, so I won't discuss it, today.
I will say that when I obtained the diagnosis from a diagnostic specialist in London, Ontario, I was told that had I not had injuries that affected my spine, I could possibly had lived my whole life, without ever having any problems. It seems the injuries I endured, triggered the AS.
It was upsetting to me, to hear that. It was also upsetting to hear my family doctor in Windsor, Ontario, tell me that I needed to find another family doctor.
He didn't want anything to do with me, because even though it had been found that women were able to have AS, he didn't believe it. For years, it was thought that it was a disease that only men got. :(
The rheumatologist who took care of me, here in Windsor, after I was first diagnosed, did some testing. Yes, I had the HLA B27 gene. And, he confirmed that in addition to having AS, I also had FM.
The rheumatoid arthritic inflammation I have affects the spine and other bones (AS). The same inflammation affects the muscle (FM). It's truly shocking how inflammation affects both bones and muscle.
For quite a while, I was taking many prescribed medications. Until they started causing problems for me.
Eventually, I stopped taking them. Now, I just do vitamin therapy.
I must admit, I am truly grateful that God provided for me, by bringing those special vitamins and minerals, into my life.
And, I'm grateful for the grace God showed me.
Thinking about His grace brought to mind, 2 Corinthians 12:9, "And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me."
Yes, God showed me grace. He helped me. And, He gave mercy to me.
Life wasn't easy. But, God was good. He provided in so many ways.
He helped me by providing me with His strength at times when I was weak. Weak physically, and emotionally. Thank You, Lord!
Even though I would like to not suffer with AS or FM, I would rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Just as we read in today's Bible verse. That's how I feel.
He helps me, daily. And, has for many a day.
He has shown me grace, as I discussed. And, I pray He will show you grace.
What do you have to do to receive His grace? You must be a member of His family.
How do you do this? As I've said so many times in the past, trust in/believe upon the Lord, Jesus Christ, and you shall be saved (Acts 16:31).
Until next time...
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