Thursday, October 8, 2015

Six Years Later...

It's been six years since my initial stem cell treatment, and two and a-half years since my last post on the subject, but folks keep asking for updates, so here I am. 

Here is a summary of everything: I spent five weeks in a Chinese hospital in 2009 for stem cell treatment using umbilical cord stem cells. Before treatment I could exercise 20 minutes a day maybe three times a week. After treatment I could exercise two hours a day, six days a week. However, after eight months my strength and stamina began to drain away and by early 2010, I knew it was gone completely because I was back to 20 minutes, three times a week.

In late-2011, I began using a power wheelchair for mobility. In 2013, after nearly 25 years, I retired from my paralegal career because my hands had become too weak to use all day. Now I am able to walk, but not far; I can stand, but only with the help of my lifting wheelchair; and my balance is a truly scary thing. But I get to sleep in, do projects I choose and spend lots of time with my awesomely wonderful girlfriend, so it's all good!

I hope you find your own happiness, too!

Russ ~