Hello, followers! I’m back with a new purpose for this blog. I have gone through the HSCT (Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant) process and am on day 98 of recovery. I did the full myeloablative approach, so recovery will take a full year, and even longer for all my cells that were lost due to MS attacks to grow back. I am starting to feel a lot better, though I still have days that are more difficult. I want to write about the recovery process and what I’m going through, and also use this blog to talk about some of the things I’ve been through since Feb. 25th.
I finally feel like I can write again. For a while I could not due to a multitude of reasons, but all based on my recovery. Although I am repurposing the blog to be about the cure for MS, I am not changing the name. I am going to write a book about the whole process and my experience, but I still think the name Multiple Sclerosis Motivates fits. It fit when I started writing because I was trying to motivate myself and others to find tricks to make life easier living with the disease; and it fits now because it motivated me to go through a risky and very difficult procedure to get my life back.
I think the most important thing I do for my followers, is be very clear that I am not a doctor, an expert, or anything other than a person who suffered through MS and now thinks she’s experiencing the cure. I want people to be aware that it’s out there, but I also do not want anyone to make the decision I made just because I am experiencing a miracle.
It is a very hard and difficult process. At the time I chose it, I felt I had no other choices. It is a very personal decision that everyone has to make for him or herself. My story is not yours, or your cousins. It is my story, and my issues that I made the decision based on. Please do not skip your own research if you are considering this.