I have had multiple sclerosis now for about 27 years, just about all of my adult life after college. My children have only known a father dealing with MS. MS has grown from a shocking discovery to a threat lurking in the background, to a frequent robber of enjoyment, to a hindrance and limitation, and now a disabling conditions. The drug therapies that I tried did not have a beneficial effect for me. So I leave for Puebla Mexico on March 26 for a HSCT stem cell transplant, which too my knowledge, is the only treatment for multiple sclerosis which stops progression of the disease completely. (It is not 100% effective for everyone, no treatment of an autoimmune disease ever is.) I am blessed to have tremendous support as I undertake this journey with many, many persons praying for me, some of them pictured in the Gallery below. I am blessed to have:
Very loving and generous parents wanted to make this available for me, Very supportive other family members and friends to encourage and help me, Many, many, many friends and family who are praying for recovery and healing (and I ask all of you to join them),
And an extraordinary servant RON GREEN, my brother-in-law from Virginia, who will be my caregiver, chief cook, bottle washer and Sherpa for one month while I am undergoing apheresis chemotherapy transplant and recovery in Mexico who has given up one month of life with pleasant people to serve me at a time that I will be at my worst. (And please pray for him, too).
Many of you have seen my decline in this battle with MS, and I seek the Grace of God, through this process to halt the decline.
I had to set this up quickly without my full list of contacts and time to reflect, so forward this to anyone you think may be interested or block this email address if you choose. Thank you.