In 2001, Brooke Slick began experiencing foot drop, loss of dexterity and hearing loss -all the possible symptoms of multiple sclerosis (MS). Brooke is a 49-year-old wife and mother who lives in picturesque, rural Pennsylvania. For the past seven years she has worked as a study coordinator at an imaging facility named 611MRI. By 2008, Brooke was officially diagnosed with MS.
As the symptoms continued to progress, Brooke started an incredible journey that she’ll be sharing with us on today’s episode. From “Amy Goes Ninja on MS!” to Russia, Brooke strives to give herself the best possible outcome for survival. Not only did she go on this journey for her family but, for all those who are facing MS today.
In This Episode, You’ll Learn
- What Multiple Sclerosis is and its common symptoms
- What is the Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant (HST) for multiple sclerosis
- How current MS medicines slow the progress and NOT cure
- What Apheresis is and what role it plays in Brooke’s recovery
- Why chemotherapy is the hero
- Brooke Slick: BrookeSlick75@gmail.com
- Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant – MS & Autoimmune Diseases
- Russia HSCT for MS & Autoimmune Diseases
- Amy Goes Ninja on MS
- This is a nice Dallas, Texas TV interview with Brooke and her reunion with other MS Stem Cell recipients
The Onwards Medical Breakthrough
Today’s onwards breakthrough of the day is titled: “‘Can Blood Produce From Stem Cells Make Shortages a Thing of The Past?” With stem cell treatments setting up to become “main-stream,” UK is ramping up production of red blood cells from embryonic stem cells and plans to test it with human patients for the first time in 2016. This kind of testing could potentially remedy lack of the current blood donations.
You can learn more about this discovery at this link.