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What have Leprosy, tuberculosis, psoriasis, type 1 diabetes and MS in common?

As strange as it might sound. Leprosy, tuberculosis, psoriasis, type 1 diabetes and MS might have one common fact — clofazimine. Clofazimine has been on the market for more than 100 years. Some brilliant people at Johns Hopkins have found out that clofazimine has some kind of interaction in our immune system. It would be too technical to go further into detail — but you can read more about this at the sciencedaily website.

Where do we go from here? All I can say on this matter is that I do believe that with all the good news I am reading tthese days that our live will get better. They will find the one medication that will be able to cure MS at one point. We just have to hang in there and hope that the ms cure will come in time for us to have a positive outcome, as well.

Try to have a positive outlook, as well. To me — every day I read about new studies in MS research is a good day. All we have to do is wait for the one big finding that will help us all.  And who knows — this day might come quicker than we think.

So cross your fingers and take care.

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Spreading the Good News

This morning I woke up to this great news on my viigo blackberry newsreader. I thought I might share this inforamtion here on my blog so more and more people will hear about it.

The BBC reported today that MS stem-cell treatment as a ‘success’. A small study had been done to see whether stem cells could be a way to help people with MS. The study suggested two things

1.)stem-cell transplats may control MS symptoms
2.)and even better — may even reverse multiple sclerosis symptoms

Of course, there is always the ethic aspects and some people will always oppose stem cell research etc. But then there are people who believe that there is nothing wrong with stem-cell research and that we should do everything we can in order to save people’s life. And if stem-cells can be used to make our life better, than I wouldn’t mind these kind of treatments.

If you are interested in reading the rest of the article check out this link MS stem-cell treatment success.

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Good News on the Horizon

Maybe this will be what we are all looking for.

Merck: New pill may work for MS

Thank you Merck

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Respect Can Go a Long Way

I would like to start this post with a quote from John W. Gardner

If you have some respect for people as they are, you can be more effective in helping them to become better than they are.”

Unfortunately, you won’t find that everybody is living by the same principals. And sometimes the people that ask you for the most respect don’t show any in return. But they do take your money.

Here is my sad story.
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My first MRI

Events came to be almost on a daily basis. One day I had to go to one doctor who sent me to another doctor who wanted to try something else out. The day of my first MRI was rather scary because I knew that images can show much more than what my body had experienced. I would lie if I would say that I was calm going into my first MRI.

But let me start a few days earlier. Knowing that I will see some images of my not so pretty brain was one thing, but when I made the arrangements to get those visuals done I was shocked, as I was found out that I need to pay 30% of the cost up front, as I didn’t have insurance at that point of time. So in order to get this diagnostic test done I had to come up with around $600, which I had to borrow from friends. Once I was able to hold $600 in my hands ( I don’t think that I ever had so much cash in my hands before) I was able to hand it over to the place who would tell me what is wrong with me.

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