Hi, my name is Clare, and asking for help does not come easy to me, but here goes! I HAVE BEEN FIGHTING MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS FOR 3O YEARS MS is a progressive auto-immune disease. Cells that usually fight off infection, recognize your central nervous system, as an invader. So they attack the myelin sheath that surrounds nerves in the spinal cord and brain. This resulting nerve damage creates tremendous fatigue, numbness, slurred speech, blindness, loss of bodily functions, limb paralysis, double vision and many other unpleasant symptoms. I have tried 4 different injectable MS medications over the years and none have helped me at all. I somehow managed to raise 3 sons as a single parent, while my health was taking a nose dive. I was forced to retire on disability at 42 years old
MY NEW FIGHT THROUGH STEM CELL THERAPY By now you have all heard about how research in stem cell therapy can help and even cure many auto-immune diseases and spinal cord injuries.
TODAY IT HAS BECOME A REALITY At last a new treatment is available, that stops its progression, and can even reverse my symptoms.
THE NEW PROCEDURE This new medical procedure is called HSCT, (Hematopoietic Stem Cell Treatment) 1. Stem cells are harvested from my own bone marrow and frozen. 2. Chemotherapy is given to completely wipe out the defective immune system. 3. My previously harvested stem cells are then re-infused.
THE RESULT: This reboots the immune system with fresh, new cells that have no memory of MS.
RESEARCH STARTED IN THE U.S. BUT NOT AVAILABLE I have to go to a different country for this treatment, as the FDA are dragging their heels on approving it in the US. The closest and one of the best medical facilities is in Puebla, Mexico. It comes at a price of $55,000. Yes, it is like reaching for the stars, but I’m not giving up. This is my future and I will fight for it.
HOW MS HAS AFFECTED ME MS has taken it’s toll on my body. In the last ten years I have lost mobility in my left leg and movement in my left arm, so I use a power chair most of the time. I can stand and walk a little if holding on to a wall, but not very far. Recently I had new symptoms appear which really shook me. if I lose function in my right leg, or right arm I will not be capable of taking care of myself. They are all I have to enable me to function, to shower, dress myself, eat, express myself through my art. Believe me, I try and try, every day to be as positive as I can, but the clock is ticking and I am very scared. It would mean so much to undergo this treatment, to know that MS has been eradicated from my body. I won't need to worry about living in a nursing home at the age of 57.
HOW YOU CAN HELP Can you please help by contributing to Give Clare's MS The Boot? Every dollar counts, and I offer you my deepest gratitude. This will be a life changer for me. Thank you. Help spread the word!