José A. Alvarado Jr.

You Don't Look Sick
Location: New York
Nationality: Puerto Rican American
Biography: New York native José A. Alvarado Jr. (b.1989) is a Puerto Rican American documentary photographer currently based in New York City. His personal work consists of documenting sub-cultures, politics, and the relationship between Puerto Rico... read on
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You Don't Look Sick
Credits: josé a. alvarado jr.
Date of Work: 02/02/16 - Ongoing
Updated: 07/04/18
Location: Bronx

You Don't Look Sick
What are one's experiences after being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in your twenties during the peak of your social life? How do you begin to live your new life in a body that is familiar and yours, but now feels foreign? 

Alvarado’s photographs document Robert Sanganoo’s daily life and adversities living with Relapsing-Remitting Multiple Sclerosis over the course of two years. At a time when most adults in their twenties are pursuing a career and meeting significant people, Robert takes his days at a pace unimaginable to the normal person. From physical therapy to at home workouts, Robert wants to no longer just survive this disease. Having navigated a significant distance from the day he was first diagnosed, this positive direction comes at a time when our state of government in regards to health care may look to hinder the lives of our sick. Unable to work due to his body’s condition, Robert is dependent on the health care our government supplies, with a rift to it bringing serious repercussion for him and his progression towards a productive life. This essay will be his first time openly speaking about his battle with anyone outside family and people sharing the same fight. With the purpose to open more conversations about this disease and to continue finding a cure.


By José A. Alvarado Jr. —

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