AS Awareness First Responder Training

An informational video produced by the Spondylitis Association of America. This video was made for EMT training purposes, providing resourceful tips that demonstrate the proper emergency care for ankylosing spondylitis patients. It also gives a glimpse of how one lives with the disease, along with the mindset to attain fulfillment.

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Raising Awareness to Ankylosing Spondylitis

I was diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis in December of 2015, at the time I was 25 years old. I survived five excruciating years of debilitating pain and illness before I made the decision to travel over 1,160 miles from home in search of an answer. As for many others with AS, my history with the disease has not been a walk through the park. I experienced a wide array of symptoms which were not recognized as complications of ankylosing spondylitis. I was tossed back and forth from neurologists to rheumatologists, each stating there was no physical evidence I had anything wrong with me.

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