Running In The Face Of Ankylosing Spondylitis
Since AS and many forms of arthritis are often “invisible” diseases, often people mistake Isabel’s cheery exterior as a sign that she is feeling healthy. Often the opposite is true as she strives to maintain her positive outlook. However, she shared that she is not always as positive as she appears. In fact, when she recently had to quit her job after only two days of working, she became deeply frustrated that she cannot live the way she wants. Isabel has learned to come out on the other side and turn set backs like this into a strengthened resolve to raise awareness and funds for AS and other related chronic diseases.
“Sitting on the sofa with a box of Kleenex will not help you in any way,” advised Isabel. “Be a champion, stand up and fight, and don’t ever allow arthritis to keep you down!”
When Isabel reflects on her journey of managing her AS, she recalls that her determination to continue fighting on her hardest days is what got her back out on the roads competing in the sport she loves. She advises other fellow arthritis-fighters to take it slowly, embrace the challenges, and most importantly, never give up.
“I never thought I would be able to run again,” emphasized Isabel, “and now I’m training for a half marathon. Difficulties in life aren’t meant to destroy you, but rather to help you realize and unlock your hidden potential.”
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