I am aiming towards treating my multiple sclerosis by getting stem cell transplant treatments, known as HSCT. With this treatment, the immune system is completely wiped out and rebuilt through the patient’s own stem cells as they go through chemotherapy. While it does not reverse the damage that has already been done, it does completely halt disease progression.
HSCT has an 85% efficacy rate and is not fully available in the United States yet, though there have been various trials that have produced astounding results nationally. I have been following this procedure for years and understand that clinics outside of the United States, namely in Mexico and Russia, have effectively completed this procedure thousands of times with highly qualified doctors who set some of the framework for this method. Ideally I would like to move forward with HSCT treatment in Mexico in July. You can read about it here:
In the United States, the treatment is only available through trials, it’s not covered by insurance, and costs $125,000. The cost of the treatment in Mexico is $54,500. I am aiming to raise $60,000 to also cover additional medical expenses, airfare, follow-up treatment, etc.
My MS has progressed to the point where it severely limits my mobility. Because I do not experience periods of remission, my neurologist and I think it’s possible that I have progressed to secondary progressive multiple sclerosis, which is even more difficult to manage.
2020 has been quite a year for all of us and it may not seem like the best time to go through with this, but there will never be a better one.
Any donation would be extremely and truly appreciated.
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