Dan Reynolds wants to bring awareness to the rare auto-immune disorder known as ankylosing spondylitis (AS).
The Imagine Dragons frontman, 31, revealed he had been diagnosed with the disorder, a type of arthritis that attacks the spinal cord and causes chronic pain, in 2012 but now he’s launching his own campaign.
“It’s debilitating,” he told Fox News when chatting about his diagnosis for the first time. “It’s a really scary thing when you’re meeting with doctors and they don’t exactly know what it is, or they think they know what it is and argue with the other doctor that you saw. So you’re continually being kind of ping-ponged between a bunch of different doctors.”
His new campaign, cheekily named Monster Pain in the AS, is a 3-minute quiz helping participants determine whether they may be suffering from the disorder. It also gives tips on how to treat and manage the disease.
“It’s frustrating,” he said. “You feel like, ‘What’s wrong with me, and why am I different than everyone else?’ And that’s [what] this campaign is — to raise awareness. People start to say, ‘Ok, we know what this is, we’ve heard about it, maybe that’s something that I have.’ The goal is to mainstream AS.”
Reynolds also announced that he and his wife, Aja Volkman, are expecting their fourth child.