Nomatter where you live you are going to feel all alone because this is a rare didsease. Go swimming in a public indoor heated pool,even if you have to drive a long way there or move to be near one. Most have programs for people with arthritic problems such as AS. There you will meet people who have similar disorders. I cannot begin to tell you how much this helpedme. kim In Alabama. remember you are never alone/God has promised never to leave you or forsake you.