My name is Steff Di Pardo and I live with a condition called Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS). For those who don’t know, AS is a form of inflammatory arthritis and autoimmune disease. I’ve lived with it for three and a half years now and will live with it for the rest of my life.
I developed Ankylosing Spondylitis when I was just 21 years old, but the majority of people living with AS can experience it anywhere between the ages of 15-30. Diagnosis can take an average of 8 years, but I was lucky enough to be diagnosed in one year, which felt like a lifetime.