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Carrying A Load Of Debt And Pain, And Determined To Get Stronger

Friday 15 December 2017


From The New York Times:


Kristian Hidalgo
Kristian Hidalgo is working to pay off student debt while
dealing with the pain of his rheumatoid arthritis
and fibromyalgia.
(Credit: David Dee Delgado for The New York Times)

Carrying a Load of Debt and Pain, and Determined to Get Stronger

The Neediest Cases Fund

By John Otis
December 12, 2017
© 2017 The New York Times Company

There is no clear cure for all that ails Kristian Hidalgo.

Two years ago, he began experiencing a bombardment of health issues, including joint pain, aches and fatigue. He learned they stemmed from three conditions: rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome.

The medication his doctors offered, which is usually prescribed to older patients, can cause sterility. For Mr. Hidalgo, this was an unacceptable side effect because he would like to be a father one day.

Instead, he relies on over-the-counter medicine, which offers minimal relief from the discomfort that riddles him daily.

“I’m 24 years old,” he said. “I have my whole life ahead of me. I’m not going to let a disease slow me down.”


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