Judi received stem cell therapy the summer of 2010. Below is her story and how she came to this point. You can follow Judi's continuing progress on her blog.
I was a young mother with hopes and dreams of throwing the ball, running and playing with my one and two year old children. Every time we went to the park, I was so frustrated...Why couldn't I stand up to help them get on the equipment? Why was I so dizzy when I was in the sun? Why did I have to sit down all the time?
One time we went to a local theme park and my husband mentioned that I seemed to be dragging my leg. How could this be normal for a woman in her mid-twenties? 10 years went by and I saw so many doctors.
One night I fell and had to have an MRI. There they were...the lesions of Multiple Sclerosis. I was told that this was my future, my life now and there was nothing that could be done about it. My children were pre-teens...not such a good time for a mom who was not on the ball!
Fast forward to 2010. What a struggle this has been, but how blessed am I to have a family who supports me 100%. So now, I walk with a cane otherwise I look like I have been enjoying a little too much wine! My balance is terrible but I try to keep a sense of humor about it. I've fallen, I've broken, sprained, bruised and cut myself. I have had surgeries to fix things and hospital stays to go along with it. Sometimes I feel so weak and/or fatigued. This is the story of MS.
I am still here!! I try to keep a positive outlook for the future, but with multiple sclerosis, the future can be frightening to think about. Could there ever be a solution for this terrible disease? Suddenly, there is hope for the future. And now I have the opportunity to get Stem Cell Therapy at a clinic in Costa Rica. The American Doctor I spoke with assured me that this clinic is associated with Baylor. The objective is repair and renewal, which would be gradual. My Doctor is 100% for this. Since I have had MS for more than 10 years, it is recommended that I stay 4 weeks. The medical cost alone is $33500.00. Add in the hotel, airfare and food..WOW! Well now it is time to swallow my pride. The cost is too dear not to do something NOW. So here I am, telling you my story. Thank you, thank you, thank you. ~ Judi
If you are interested in stem cell therapy and have questions, please feel free to contact Judi at firstname.lastname@example.org
Judi's friends and family believe Today is Judi's theme song. The words apply to her experience.