Katherine Pepper

Kent, Washington

I live with multiple health issues, including asthma, an autoimmune disease, diabetes, and gastroparesis. On top of dealing with the sometimes debilitating symptoms of these conditions, I am also under immense financial stress because of them. The costs of my medications adds up. The blockbuster drug that really breaks the bank for me is my Humira. It costs $6,000 per treatment. Another medicine that really puts me out is my insulin. The cost of diabetes medicines is absolutely bankrupting.

I have to decide which medicines I can do without and which I can’t. I end up rationing my medicine, and that is like playing Russian Roulette with my health. Because of this, my conditions have worsened. I lost vision in one eye due to my diabetes. It is getting more and more difficult to remain active. I want to be able to live a happy and healthy lifestyle and not be so negatively affected by high cost medications.

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