Last week I told you about my arrival in Panama for a Stem Cell Treatment for secondary progressive multiple sclerosis.
Notice that I did not capitalize one word of my little companion; I guess I just don’t have much respect for this pest.
June 14th, 2010...the official start of this amazing Stem Cell Journey, and the day that Dr. Fernandez came to where I was staying and took an enormous amount of blood. Why, you ask, did he come to my hotel instead of me going to the clinic? At the time, the clinic was searching for a new location because they were bursting at the seams! So it was easier to do it this way. Now, the blood draw is done at the clinic because they have a much larger facility. The purpose of taking so much blood: the standard tests, but also, the Stem Cells would eventually be delivered to me in my own plasma.
The next day, my medical driver picked me up to go to my first appointment at the clinic. Now I knew that the clinic was located at the Hospital Punta Pacifica, so associated with them. The surprise I got as we drew near to the hospital were the words on the Hospital itself….Johns Hopkins International Medicine. I began to cry with joy.
This was real and I knew without a doubt in that moment that my life would never be the same. The