In 2016, Tim Fulton was studying graphic design at UC with a flawless grade-point average and representing Australia in ice hockey when his busy and productive life slipped off kilter.
He remembers feeling a bit off, and after a few months, he could no longer excuse his pain and lethargy to low-grade colds.
A trip to the GP provided the first real clue that something was very wrong. Tim’s inflammatory levels were off the chart.
A few days later he was lying in a hospital bed unable to move because of the debilitating pain he was in. His throat was on fire and he would experience spiking fevers and rashes several times a day. A week after admission to hospital he was diagnosed with an ultra-rare inflammatory condition known as Adult-onset Still’s Disease, a condition that affects approximately 1 in 500,000 people globally.