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4/19/09 3:14 P

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I have had email buddies from Australia.The differences in weather and wildlife can be very interesting.

Linda - North East Indiana, USA `Goal to build myself up to reach 1,000 fitness minutes per month.

"To lose a healthy one pound of fat per week, all it takes is a 500-calorie deficit per day."

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4/18/09 2:57 P

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Excellent to meet you and have you here! We all can and will empathise with you. 10 years is unbelievable. Ridiculous but strengthening for you I'm sure. I thought 27 months was bad.... I really am glad you found us. We're always here for each other and I think you will be a top contributor with your experiences. Of course, you only need share what you are comfortable with. I'm happy to hear that you're a mum- so is my mum, she's from England. Welcome, welcome, welcome!!! emoticon

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erin :)
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Hi Everyone, I have just been diagnosed with AS after 10+ years of not knowing why I was always in pain and having a multitude of medical problems. I was diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome in 1997 and IBS in 2006 but it turns out that AS is a much better fit with the clinical history. I am positive for HLA-B27 and have had more tests than most people can comprehend.

I am currently not on any medication but am seeing the Rheumatologist this coming Wednesday so that might change. I was diagnosed by a Consultant Physician/Immunologist who I had been referred to by my primary caregiver in the hopes of finally getting an answer.

It is nice to know that you will all understand when I say that the bottom of my feet hurt when I get out of bed, I walk like a crippled old lady in the mornings, my back hurts and I can't take a deep breath as my ribs have stiffened up stopping me from being able to breath deeply - the funny side of that is I thought that I was just REALLY unfit.

Anyway I just wanted to say THANK YOU for having this team. I am looking forward to learning from you all and providing what support and encouragement I can.

P.S. I should mention that I am a happily married 33 year old Mum of a 7 month old baby boy who lives in Western Australia who sometimes writes long messages.

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