Why a stem cell transplant

My older sister Rebekah has suffered multiple sclerosis (MS) for the past 17 years. It’s basically a nasty disease where your immune system attacks your own central nervous system. For Becks this started as tingling and numbness, and has escalated to losing a lot of strength in her legs, weakness, fatigue, damaged vision, and getting sick easily. I wouldn’t wish it upon anyone.

Becks has had every treatment available in NZ. A stem cell transplant (using her own stem cells) to reset the immune system is the next best option. This will hopefully stop the MS from getting any worse, and possibly even see some lost functionality gained back again. Stem cell transplants do happen in NZ, but unfortunately not yet for MS. So that brings us here to Singapore. If only the journey were as simple as that last sentence.

If you want to read more about my sister’s journey, she has a blog about her journey with MS at underyourwingblog.com.