A LYME PATIENT'S JOURNEY TOWARD HEALING
Tomorrow I leave for a 2-week monumental journey. I will be starting at a Lyme treatment program in Los Angeles that incorporates stem cells and I can't thank you enough for your support and help with getting me there! I am beyond nervous and excited. For those wondering, here's what's going on. I thought I would explain it all in one place:
What? Stem Cells?
Yep. Since incorporating stem cells in their program, the clinic has seen an 85% success rate with Lyme patients. 5% they don't hear from again and 10% stagnate or don't improve. Kelly Osbourne, celebrity with Lyme, also went to their clinic in Germany, and she recently spoke about how they saved her life. These are NOT embryonic stem cells which can carry a risk of cancerous tumor formation. These are adipose stem cells, or stem cells derived from a patient's own fat. There is no risk of rejection with these type of stem cells. I'll have a procedure at the end of the 2 weeks which liposuctions stem cells from my "love handle" area with two incisions in the tush area. Then, they become activated and pumped back into me via IV, where they can "go to work" and start repairing damage and rebuilding my immune system.
What Happens After the 2 Weeks?
My body will be in a healing state. The first 100 days, the stems are working hard and replicating 10 times every 10 days. This may be a period of a lot of ups and downs. Some patients start to see some improvements during this time, while others crash or have a roller coaster of symptom flares. This is normal. The stems are working hard to rebuild and the body is trying to recalibrate. During this "fragile" stem-building time, it is recommended to do anything to remain stress-free and to rest, as stress can affect how stems rebuild. After the 100 days is when the real benefits start to take place and it may take up to 1 year to see the full benefits. Some patients report not feeling a real "shift" until about month 6 or 7. If it takes me a year to get better, I don't care. When you're stuck in bed or the couch and have dizzying neuro symptoms, you'll do whatever it takes.
If you want to read more on the clinic's Lyme program, here is the link.
Big thank you to everyone for your support and to the person who donated their sky miles to get me there!
Phew. This stuff is complicated. If you have questions, please ask away. I'll be happy to try to answer. Wish me luck. I'll need the encouragement and reminders that my body will be hard at work beating this. I'm pretty nervous. I will be posting updates and pics as things progress, but not of my tush.