My Hidden Disease: I Have Ankylosing Spondylitis And I’m Not Alone

Empathy, sadness, joy and a sense of family are just some of the immediate feelings I had when I ended my FaceTime conversation with Dan Reynolds, lead singer of Imagine Dragons. Dan and I have something in common called ankylosing spondylitis, or AS for short. Instead of getting into a long, drawn-out medical definition, I will describe it like this: our bodies are attacking themselves, and there is no cure. Most of us AS sufferers have to deal with chronic pain 24/7.

Empathy, sadness, joy and a sense of family are just some of the immediate feelings I had when I ended my FaceTime conversation with Dan Reynolds, lead singer of Imagine Dragons.

Dan and I have something in common called ankylosing spondylitis, or AS for short. Instead of getting into a long, drawn-out medical definition, I will describe it like this: our bodies are attacking themselves, and there is no cure.

People suffer in silence and feel they are alone because they think no one understands.

Most of us AS sufferers have to deal with chronic pain 24/7. It is a “hidden disease,” as Dan labelled it. Dan is a now a spokesperson for our disease through an awareness campaign launched in collaboration between the Spondylitis Association of America (SAA) and Novartis Pharmaceuticals (U.S.). They provided me this amazing opportunity to speak with Dan, not on a musician/star basis, but on a personal one.

 

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