My Hail Mary Stem Cell Transplant for Multiple Sclerosis
I was once a very healthy and athletic person, a visual artist and had a career in rental property management. I lived life to the fullest. Unfortunately, I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 2014. It was a swift and hard hit to my life: my art, sports, hobbies, social life, and most of my career ended pretty much overnight.
These last 8 years have been a nightmare fighting this rare, aggressive MS (technically RRMS) where no drugs have helped nor stopped the disease degeneration. Any break I had was short-lived and then another attack would hit. My health hit a real breaking point in 2021 as I'd tried everything within my power, and it all failed.
As a last resort I decided to trial HSCT (autologous hematopoietic stem cell transplant) or what I called, my Hail Mary treatment. My family, friends, community, and people far and wide raised tens of thousands of dollars for me to have this done in Mexico this past February.
It was very risky and a brutal treatment, but so far I have had a miraculous recovery even though they tell you to only expect it to halt disease.
I have a long way to go, but here's hoping that further recovery will unfold! So far I have been able to walk 50 steps, unaided. I have had other improvements as well, and for the first time since my diagnosis, I have begun to dream about the future ❤️
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