Nathaly Cerda A young Nicaraguan woman was 16 years old and was in her last period of secondary school in a Managua school when she was diagnosed with systemic scleroderma, a disease that, according to the prognosis of the doctors who treated her, would end his life in a maximum of two years.
13 years have passed since then and Nathaly, now 29, tells of the changes that this disease has left in her life and in her body, how she has survived and what she has done to overcome that deadly medical diagnosis, the one that from a principle refused to accept.
“I was entering the fifth year of high school and in the period of the first month (of the disease) the following happened: I swelled up, from 120 pounds (54.4 kilos), I went to 150 pounds (68 kilos), 30 pounds (13 , 6 kilos) more, out of nowhere; the color of my skin began to change, I became completely brown, “the young woman told Efe.
The next symptoms you experienced were continuous fevers tiredness and flu. “Every fortnight I had the flu, that is, there was no way I would recover,” he noted.
The family immediately sought medical help to find out the causes of the deterioration in their health and up to eight months later, after many tests, they managed to know the diagnosis: systemic scleroderma.
Systemic scleroderma is a chronic autoimmune disease that mainly affects the skin but can also affect internal organs such as the lungs, intestines, kidney and heart.
After receiving her diagnosis, in 2008, the young woman’s health worsened, a year later she was hospitalized and during the month that she remained there she convulsed for up to 12 continuous hours, so the doctors thought that she would not survive.
“There was a process in which I was blind, mute, I was completely made a vegetable, practically in a coma,” said the young woman, who said that she gradually recovered her sight and speech, and when she believed that she was coming out of the “rather delicate process” in the one who was, suffered a cardiac arrest.
“I am completely unstable again and the doctors, with a totally negative prognosis, thought that I was not going to resist,” he said.
A phrase that she said to herself: “I get up from this” It helped him hold on to life, even though he felt physically very weak and with a hopeless medical prognosis.
The dream he had as a teenager, to be a professional economist, allowed him to overcome the critical condition and the medical prediction that he would only live two more years.
In 2010, she entered college, where she not only encountered the challenge of getting good grades, but also dealt with discrimination from her classmates who, according to her, avoided approaching her because of a visible illness.
“But I did not limit myself, mentally I did not close myself to the possibility” to continue studying and achieve my dream, said the young woman with aplomb, owner of a faith and strength that have helped her survive.
In search of a better treatment for her condition, the young woman visited rheumatologists, cardiologists, nephrologists, pulmonologists and neurologists, who prescribed up to twenty drugs a day, which she took for a period of three years.
Then she decided to abandon them because she says they cut off her appetite and weakened her: “I felt that they were rather affecting me.” Although he has a bachelor’s degree, he feels that scleroderma has denied him a formal job in Nicaragua.
After meditating a lot with his family, he began to take nutritional supplements and natural extracts of organic origin that he markets through TikTok – where he appears as @ nathaly_cerda -, with the profits he pays part of his expenses.
With information from EFE