Born and raised in Vicksburg, MS, Kristen Klein graduated from Hinds Community College and started her current occupation as a vet tech working for the Mississippi State University veterinarian program in Starkville, MS. Shortly after accepting this position, she was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at 21 years old. After getting married and moving to Clinton, MS, Kristen began to feel a variety of symptoms including severe headaches, fatigue, pain in her extremities, nausea, anxiety, rapid heart rate, dizziness, and many more. After years of seeing a variety of doctors and specialists, Kristen met a neurologist who took a special interest in Kristen’s conditions. Diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes, Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis disease, Migraines, Type 3 Ehlers Danlos Syndrome, Depression, Gastroparesis, Celiac disease, and Autoimmune Autonomic Neuropathy, Kristen’s neurologist referred her to the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix, AZ. Upon spending a week undergoing several tests, she was diagnosed with POTS (Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia) syndrome. To treat this, Kristen was to undergo four months of home bound Intravenous Immune Globulin (IVIG) treatment (which was to be administered bi-weekly). After several months of IVIG, Kristen spent the week of November 11th receiving a plasmapheresis treatment at St. Dominic’s Hospital. At the time of this post, Kristen is three weeks post-plasmapheresis and still feeling a variety of symptoms that make every day tasks near impossible to master. Looking down the road, the next possible options in 2020 is another plasmapheresis treatment and/or a STEM cell treatment at the Mayo Clinic.
Kristen is married to Daniel Klein who is a local middle school coach and leader of his school's FCA Huddle. Let's Huddle Up for Kristen and Daniel to help alleviate some of their medical costs in this Christmas Season!