Sunday, August 25, 2013
I once read an article by a medical doctor who tried to identify the condition that kept the woman in Luke 13 crippled for 18 years. I don’t remember his methodology, and in retrospect it seems to me a dubious endeavor, but I was deeply interested in his conclusion: the woman suffered from an arthritic condition called spondyloarthritis. The most common version, ankylosing spondylitis, can leave the vertebrae of the spine and neck fused and bent. I remember this because I had just been diagnosed with that form of arthritis. After a year of sleepless nights and morning stiffness, after limping around campus and after visiting one specialist after another, I finally sat in front of a rheumatologist who could have been saying to me: “You are that woman.”
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