PADUCAH, Ky -
A local Marine Corp. veteran who used MDMA, known as ecstasy in an FDA approved study for his PTSD is facing a new struggle- supporting his family.
We first met Nicholas Blackston is October and now he has a newborn baby girl named Freya.
“The first few weeks were more trying than both of my combat deployments combined"
He's finished his therapy treatments and said his PTSD is a lot better.
“The therapy turned back on the emotional side in my brain. I found love in my heart again, not just for everything, but for myself which was the biggest problem. I had to forgive myself for all that stuff,” Blackston said.
He said it can be a struggle because aside from taking care of his newborn, he helps care for his wife Beverlee.
“It's called Friedreich's Ataxia. It's a debilitating neuro-muscular disorder. All I wanted was to have a child, but with my disability I honestly didn't think I'd be able too,” Beverlee said.
It's a life shortening disorder with no known cure.
"I don't really think about it as I won't be here after I'm 40. I think about it as I'll live as long as I choose to live," Beverlee said.
Diagnosed at 21 she says it's difficult to work. She doesn't have insurance to cover medical costs and Nicholas is a stay at home dad.
“From groceries to medical bills its just piled up fast,” Nicholas said.
He's starting to try and sell his artwork, and Beverlee is partnering with a friend to create a wiretap jewelry business called Untroubled Venus.
“I think all the stuff I went through before from the Marine Corp, to Iraq, to getting the healing through my PTSD has just all prepared for me for this. It's prepared me, but it's still a struggle,” Nicholas said.