Ankylose This! Living with Ankylosing Spondylitis

Friday, June 09, 2006

Edmonton Sun profiles local AS sufferer

Canada's Sun newspaper chain has been surprisingly good at covering ankylosing spondylitis, usually through the prism of a local person afflicted with our fun disease (see previous entries: 1, 2, 3). Today's Edmonton Sun adds another one, with a look at a local resident with a profoundly severe case, 37-year-old Gian Carlo Grande. To put it bluntly, he's not in good shape, even by our standards: unable to find work, single, worn out by daily tasks.

But I think the article's count of 400,000 Alberta residents with the disease is a typo: that'd be more than one in 10 people. (If that were the case, I think my supervising professors at the U of A would have been more familiar with, and sympathetic to, my condition than they were.) It's probably closer to 40,000.

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