What Is One of Your Most Difficult Movements Since the Diagnosis?
AS can limit mobility, but there are ways to work around it.
One of her biggest hobbies was running, but Hillary Wool of Brooklyn, NY, had to make adjustments after her diagnosis with ankylosing spondylitis. Getting a puppy has helped to keep her active.
Running on concrete is like, generally, kind of a no go for me. Since getting a puppy, I've kind of been forced to do it. I always feel it intensely after.
Interviewer: What is one of your most difficult movements Since the diagnosis?
Difficult movements. Running is the one thing that is really tough for me. I've had this long-standing battle with treadmill-based bootcamp classes. With a really good rubber-based treadmill, it's relatively low-impact. That's definitely positive. I picked up wheelchair racing this past year, so that kind of replaced running for me, generally. Just knowing, if my dog wants to, drag me around, like I can do it a little bit, but not a good idea to do it for that long because I'm really going to pay for it after.
I also try to stay positive. I have tools and adaptations that enable me to go hiking and be as active as I want to be. It definitely hasn't been the total end of the world for me, either.