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If you’re feeling anxious, overwhelmed, or helpless about the coronavirus pandemic, you are not alone.

These feelings are especially common among people who are immunocompromised or at a higher risk for COVID-19 complications. You may have specific questions or concerns related to your axSpA — and personalized answers are not easy to find.

The Global Healthy Living Foundation — a non-profit organization that provides advocacy, education, research, and advocacy for people living with chronic illness — is collaborating with axial spondyloarthritis/ankylosing spondylitis patient advocates Jennifer Walker, Charis Hill, Dawn Gibson, and Jed Finley to help you stay informed.

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The contents of this website are for informational purposes only and do not constitute medical advice. GHLF.org and CreakyJoints.org are not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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