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I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) in 1991. MS is a chronic disease that affects the brain, spinal cord and other nerve connections. The course of the disease is different for each person. For me, some of the results have been cognitive (or thinking) issues, difficulty walking, balance, intolerance of heat and chronic fatigue. These are some debilitating effects of the disease that make everyday life challenging for me.

I have recently learned of a promising and exciting treatment known as HSCT therapy, or non-embryonic stem cell therapy to treat my MS. I am hoping this therapy will enable me to increase my muscle tone and mobility, improve motor function, and reduce her overall pain level and dizziness. To keep the cost down, my husband, Steve, has volunteered to take off work to be my caregiver during the month-long stay, while our son, Tim, will stay home to continue school and take care of our dog, Missy.