Stem cells encore!

$275 of $1,800 goal

Raised by 4 people in 11 months
Two and a half years ago, I was faced with a very difficult choice. I could continue the medication I was taking to control my multiple sclerosis knowing that I was not likely to survive more than a year. My other option was to stop taking that same medication and let my MS run rampant knowing full well that it would turn me into a vegetable before much time passed. Finding yourself faced with a decision like that is a horrible place to be. I believe the Lord never closes a door without at least opening a window. The window proved to be 90 million tiny stem cells from a little hospital in a big city in the middle of the Panamanian rain forest.

Panamanian doctors told me I would not be likely to see any actual changes. It would however enable me to get off the medication that was going to end my life. They said changes could happen but if a year could pass and I could still be off my medication they would consider it a success.

I'm happy to report that it's been 2 years and the doctors underestimated the effects of the treatment on my body. Within 5 min. of the initial treatment, the changes began! From the first change of my eyesight going back to normal, to the ability to make a loose fist with a hand that had not moved in 17 years, to the numb spots on my body regaining natural feeling, and to the elimination of the mental fog that had gripped me for years… a thousand tiny miracles came into my life!

The physical and mental benefits of the last 2 years have been incredible. The most powerful emotions have been faith and hope. This entire project has been based on faith, both spiritual and the faith in my friends, my neighbors, and my family. The gift of hope is one of the most powerful gifts there has been. MS is not a disease that allows room for hope. It only goes one direction and that's downhill. With stem cells, that downhill spiral can be halted and actually reversed. That's powerful and that's what I try to share with people each and every day.

The doctors told me when I did the initial stem cell procedure that stem cells typically begin to die off after about six months. After a year or so, people generally return to Panama for another treatment. For me, it's been 2 years and I have seen some degradation in my physical health. My neurologist and I have discussed the possibility that my old medicine may eventually be needed again. I hope not. That's why we are considering a return trip to Panama.

Last fall another terrible hurdle appeared in my life, Guillain Barre. When it struck I found myself on my back in the hospital without the ability to speak clearly, move my lips, or close my eyes. I had no chance of standing even with assistance! Thankfully the doctors were able to diagnose my condition before I ended up on a ventilator unable to breathe on my own. My kids, Beth and Riley were amazing through the frightening hospitalization, never leaving my side for more than a short period. When I started to respond positively to new medication, I was able to transition to a hospital closer to home for the last few weeks of my treatment enabling a few of my caregivers/friends to work with me during recovery. Doctors forecast I would improve but that it would take months to see that improvement.

Through the grace of God, a lot of work from a few very faithful people, and my own perseverance, I was released from the hospital a few days before Christmas with the ability to stand with assistance for a few seconds. By now, we have done as much as 92 squats in a day and much of the strength has returned to my arms and legs. The facial paralysis is far from gone but I am working in the right direction. The fight is far from over but I believe I can completely recover.

Another Stem Cell Transplant is a daunting prospect but exciting nonetheless. Once again there are no guarantees, but it's after the second treatment that the true miracles have happened for people. There are cases of quadriplegics walking again. Might that be me? I don't know but the chance is an incredible one, and the doctors tell me a transplant will eliminate the effects of the Guillian Barre. At the very least I know it will buy time and that time is priceless. Stem cells are making their way to our country one step at a time. In some instances they are successfully used to battle cancer, the help I need in my fight however comes from umbilical stem cells which I cannot get within our borders.

Once again I humbly approach you and ask for your help. Your prayers were precious, your guidance and advice were vital, and when it was possible your support was greatly appreciated. Would you come along with me on this adventure as many of you did before? It’s time. We are starting this gofundme page to help us put together financing for travel expenses to get me and a couple caregivers to Panama.  There will be a Benefit at Tony's Riverside in Spooner Wi on June 24th from noon to 4pm  to help with the cost of the transplant itself.
+ Read More
Be the first to leave a comment on this campaign.

$275 of $1,800 goal

Raised by 4 people in 11 months
Created April 11, 2017
Your share could be bringing in donations. Sign in to track your impact.
We will never post without your permission.
In the future, we'll let you know if your sharing brings in any donations.
We weren't able to connect your Facebook account. Please try again later.
Walter Metz
7 months ago

For my wife who had MS & Lyme

9 months ago
Be the first to leave a comment on this campaign.
Or, use your email…
Use My Email Address
By continuing, you agree with the GoFundMe
terms and privacy policy
There's an issue with this Campaign Organizer's account. Our team has contacted them with the solution! Please ask them to sign in to GoFundMe and check their account. Return to Campaign

Are you ready for the next step?
Even a $5 donation can help!
Donate Now Not now
Connect on Facebook to keep track of how many donations your share brings.
We will never post on Facebook without your permission.