Ankylosing Spondylitis

Competitive swimmer, triathlete, aspiring ironman athlete, and…Ankylosing Spondylitis sufferer? It may seem that the titles don’t mesh, but Tim Raschle, an Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS) sufferer since college, has miraculously been able to still compete in a plethora of events despite his condition. In an effort to take his racing even further, he has joined the Arthritis National Research Foundation’s Racing For A Cure team to raise money for AS and other autoimmune diseases.

Candyce Sindelir was diagnosed in 2006 with rheumatoid arthritis and Ankylosing Spondylitis. An arthritis diagnosis is never easy, however for some, it can be worse than for others. Her journey has led to physical therapy, financial hardship, alienation from her family and she's even had her children taken away from her – all as a result of her autoimmune diseases.

When Niki Fontenot was 22 she first began to notice symptoms of Ankylosing Spondylitis. Over the years, after being told she had less critical afflictions such as tendonitis, she was finally diagnosed with A.S. at age 26, taking after her father who also possessed the...

Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS) is an inflammatory disease of the spine, under the umbrella of arthritis, which causes inflammation, chronic pain, and can cause the spine to eventually fuse.  Jennifer, age 28, full-time employee, student, and mom was diagnosed about two years ago with AS and has since then found little reprieve in her prescribed medications.