Fiona Cunningham shared the lifelong battle of her daughter Sarah Hughes with her illness that started when she was still an infant. Sarah lived normally when she was born but not until she turned 6 months old that they noticed lymph nodes on her legs while she was sitting up and crawling. Her temperatures at that time was at its peak and she started to get some rashes too. Fiona was advised by her sister to bring Sarah to Mayo Clinic which at 11-months old, Sarah was fully diagnosed to have Systemic Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis.
Sarah’s life was generally at risk due to her illness. Her systemic nature started attacking her digestive system and made it difficult for her to eat. At that time, she was on two doses of chemotherapy, steroids and taking 23 drugs literally just to keep her alive but her body wasn’t really responding to these treatments. Fortunately, Fiona was employed in the Arthritis Foundation to which she found out about Celltex and learned about stem cell treatments.
The decision to receive stem cell treatments, although not immediate, was an easier decision to make for Sarah. She had her first infusion on November 2014 of 600 million stem cells to which she received in Mexico. Prior to the stem cell infusion, Sarah was mostly at bed rest. However, 6 months after her stem cell treatment, she felt energetic and was able to eat food she had never eaten before.
Sarah’s life after stem cell treatment has changed a lot and seeing her now has given hope for people with no hope.
Find out more about this inspiring journey of Sarah and her mother, Fiona and how stem cell treatments paved way for things she had never done in a very long time.
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In This Episode, You’ll Learn
- About Sarah Hughes’ lifelong battle with her illness.
- How she was born normally but 6 months after, they noticed lymph nodes in her legs while she was sitting up and crawling
- At 11 months old, she was fully diagnosed with systemic juvenile arthritis.
- She was fully functional until 4 years old but at age 4 she started to have severe headaches.
- She was on experimental drugs, which at that time, was not FDA approved.
- How her systemic nature started attacking her digestive system which makes it difficult for her to digest food.
- How she produced a huge amount of antibodies which created an impact on the skin of her spinal cord.
- How Sarah was on two doses of chemotherapy, steroids and taking 23 different drugs to literally just keep her alive.
- How Fiona learned about stem cell treatment
- How Sarah’s body reacted after her first stem cell infusion on November 2014.
- About the general physical improvements stem cell treatment has given her.
- About the activities Sarah was able to do after the treatments she had.
- About her upcoming infusion treatment in June and another one in September.
- Sarah Hughe’s Twitter Handle : s_hughes91
- Fiona Cunningham’s Twitter account
- Celltex Website
- Sarah’s Full Video of her first Celltex Infusion in November 2014
The Onwards Medical Breakthrough
Scientists discover an on/off switch for aging cells
“Scientists at the Salk Institute have discovered an on-and-off “switch” in cells that may hold the key to healthy aging. This switch points to a way to encourage healthy cells to keep dividing and generating, for example, new lung or liver tissue, even in old age.”
You can learn more about this discovery at this link.
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