Revisit HSCT logistics with Jay

Snowflake: MS Caregiver and HSCT Advocate
HSCT: March 18, 2018
Superpower: Knowledge we could not do it alone

How do you shift focus from self to other when faced with taking on the role of caregiver? When you ask your neurologist about HSCT as an option for treatment, what is their reaction? Do you have what it takes to construct space for success?

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Meet Jay, a proactive planner who made a conscious decision to move past his own emotions to focus on helping his wife navigate her diagnosis of multiple sclerosis and research a best course of action. After learning more about multiple sclerosis, the course of progression, side effects of DMTs, and the scary uncertainties that come with multiple sclerosis, he pushed his wife to understand more about HSCT.

Tune in to hear more about how quickly they moved to pursue HSCT, their experience with Clinica Ruiz in Mexico, strategies for caregiving from abroad, and how Jay was able to create space for his wife and their three children to make their way along the journey of HSCT.

Be sure to visit our website, HSCTWarriorsPodcast.com where you can find notes from today’s episode, submit ideas or feedback, and access the latest HSCT research and resources. Special thanks to musical genius Billy Alletzhauser for sharing his superpowers to create the soundtrack, edit, and master the audio to make this podcast possible. You can find us both when you subscribe on SoundCloud, iTunes or wherever you find your podcasts.

Take a moment to leave a review because your feedback will help to develop even better episodes, and your ratings will help other people find the show. Tune in next Wednesday for a brand new episode, highlighting another HSCT Warrior. Until then, be a snowflake and embrace your superpowers.  Be kind. Be well.

Resources noted:

HSCT.blog
Clinica Ruiz, Puebla, Mexico
Aa Maximov Hospital, Moscow Russia
“So they say” manuscript/documentary

Join Barry in finding confidence to halt his MS and champion HSCT as a treatment option (Ep. 36)

Warrior: Barry Goudy
AI: Relapsing Remitting Multiple Sclerosis
HSCT: August, 2003 at Northwestern in Chicago
Superpower: Belief

How do you place a value on health? When it comes to solutions for your experience with disease, how do you determine whether a treatment is good enough? How far are you willing to go with research?

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Despite the devastation after initially failing requirements for the clinical trial protocol, Barry remained persistent to receive HSCT. Once he was accepted for a new study protocol, Barry geared up for halting the progression and enjoyed such a great experience that he has become an ongoing champion for HSCT. 

Tune in and hear more about how he tried his best to broadcast the hope and opportunity of HSCT with others, and even testified in front of the United States Congress. This final episode of Season 3 also offers insight to the latest at Northwestern and updates about the signature “Talk to a Warrior” program of the HSCT Warriors, Inc. nonprofit.

Be sure to visit our website, HSCTWarriorsPodcast.com where you can find notes from today’s episode, submit ideas or feedback, or connect with HSCT Warriors, Inc. to “Talk with a Warrior”, find the latest research and resources, or explore the world map. Special thanks to musical genius Billy Alletzhauser for sharing his superpowers to produce the soundtrack, and engineer the audio to make this podcast possible. You can find us both when you subscribe on SoundCloud, iTunes or wherever you find your podcasts.

It has been great to connect with Warriors worldwide so reach out if you’re interested in sharing your story. We would definitely love to learn how the podcast has helped your journey with autoimmune disease… if you could take a moment to share your story, leave us a comment on instagram or share feedback on our website. We hope you’ll tune in next Wednesday for another episode, highlighting another HSCT Warrior. Until then, be a snowflake and embrace your superpowers.  Be kind. Be well.

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Jen Stansbury Koenig and the producers disclaim medical influence and responsibility for any possible adverse effects from the use of information contained herein. If you think you have a medical problem, please contact a licensed physician immediately.

Check in with Denise along her recovery rollercoaster (Ep. 35)

Warrior: Denise Bishop
AI: Stiff Person Syndrome
HSCT: 9/12/17, Chicago
Superpower: increased empathy

How often do you listen to the voice in your head? How much can you afford to endure? What are your strategies to sort through all that needs attention?

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Join us to check in with Denise following her two-year check up post-HSCT in Chicago. Learn more about the unexpected twists and turns along her ongoing rollercoaster, and how Denise faced the fluctuations including another autoimmune diagnosis, a traumatic fall, and tragic loss of her grandson. 

Despite all the setbacks she has faced, Denise holds firm to a positive attitude and resilient mindset that is inspiring for any warrior. Tune in, find connection, and share in the sense of community.

Be sure to visit our website, HSCTWarriorsPodcast.com where you can find notes from today’s episode, submit ideas or feedback, or connect with HSCT Warriors, Inc. to “Talk with a Warrior”, find the latest research and resources, or explore the world map. Special thanks to musical genius Billy Alletzhauser for sharing his superpowers to produce the soundtrack, and engineer the audio to make this podcast possible. You can find us both when you subscribe on SoundCloud, iTunes or wherever you find your podcasts.

It has been great to connect with Warriors worldwide so reach out if you’re interested in sharing your story. We would definitely love to learn how the podcast has helped your journey with autoimmune disease… if you could take a moment to share your story, leave us a comment on instagram or share feedback on our website. We hope you’ll tune in next Wednesday for another episode, highlighting another HSCT Warrior. Until then, be a snowflake and embrace your superpowers.  Be kind. Be well.

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Jen Stansbury Koenig and the producers disclaim medical influence and responsibility for any possible adverse effects from the use of information contained herein. If you think you have a medical problem, please contact a licensed physician immediately.

Meet Ahna and be inspired to learn more about healing from the inside out (Ep. 34)

Warrior: Ahna Crum
AI: Multiple Sclerosis
HSCT: April, 2016 in Moscow Russia
Superpower: Shapeshifting

What motivates you to find curiosity in life? Have you ever been let down by a one-size-fits-all approach? How equipped are you to adapt?

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After suffering significant relapses of her MS from an early age, Ahna found HSCT in her late twenties through research trying to avoid moving into an assisted living facility. With great determination and a positive mindset, Ahna found Moscow to be a  welcoming, supportive place.

As someone who leaped into HSCT without any doubts, Ahna found the recovery rollercoaster to be quite the challenge. Tune in to find out more about the post-transplant complications that Ahna faced, how she was able to find her own solutions to heal her body, and how she found her passion to become a partner for HSCT warriors along their journeys.

Be sure to visit our website, HSCTWarriorsPodcast.com where you can find notes from today’s episode, submit ideas or feedback, or connect with HSCT Warriors, Inc. to “Talk with a Warrior”, find the latest research and resources, or explore the world map. Special thanks to musical genius Billy Alletzhauser for sharing his superpowers to produce the soundtrack, and engineer the audio to make this podcast possible. You can find us both when you subscribe on SoundCloud, iTunes or wherever you find your podcasts.

It has been great to connect with Warriors worldwide so reach out if you’re interested in sharing your story. We would definitely love to learn how the podcast has helped your journey with autoimmune disease… if you could take a moment to share your story, leave us a comment on instagram or share feedback on our website. We hope you’ll tune in next Wednesday for another episode, highlighting another HSCT Warrior. Until then, be a snowflake and embrace your superpowers.  Be kind. Be well.

Resources:
Restorative Nutrition by Ahna Crum
What the Heck Should I eat? by Mark Hyman
Psychobiotic Revolution: Mood, Food, and the New Science of the Gut-Brain Connection by Scott C. Anderson
MS Gym Podcast

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Jen Stansbury Koenig and the producers disclaim medical influence and responsibility for any possible adverse effects from the use of information contained herein. If you think you have a medical problem, please contact a licensed physician immediately.

Join caregiver Tamra in finding resiliency to face the whirlwind (Ep. 33)

Warrior: Tamra Minch
AI: MS Caregiver
HSCT: April 7, 2019
Superpower: Humility

Are you able to make time for yourself when caring for others? When faced with the whirlwind of life, what do you focus on? How does resiliency inform your outlook?

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When her husband was first diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, the whirlwind experience suddenly had Tamra searching for answers and alternatives to the pharmaceuticals that only guaranteed harsh side effects with terrifying probabilities. After learning more and connecting with individuals that had gone through HSCT, Tamra’s husband decided to take the leap and forgo medications to pursue HSCT. 

Tune in and learn more about their fundraising efforts to get to Clinica Ruiz, the turnabout to pursue treatment in Chicago, and how Tamra provides support to others in the HSCT family.

Be sure to visit our website, HSCTWarriorsPodcast.com where you can find notes from today’s episode, submit ideas or feedback, or connect with HSCT Warriors, Inc. to “Talk with a Warrior”, find the latest research and resources, or explore the world map. Special thanks to musical genius Billy Alletzhauser for sharing his superpowers to produce the soundtrack, and engineer the audio to make this podcast possible. You can find us both when you subscribe on SoundCloud, iTunes or wherever you find your podcasts.

It has been great to connect with Warriors worldwide so reach out if you’re interested in sharing your story. We would definitely love to learn how the podcast has helped your journey with autoimmune disease… if you could take a moment to share your story, leave us a comment on instagram or share feedback on our website. We hope you’ll tune in next Wednesday for another episode, highlighting another HSCT Warrior. Until then, be a snowflake and embrace your superpowers.  Be kind. Be well.

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Jen Stansbury Koenig and the producers disclaim medical influence and responsibility for any possible adverse effects from the use of information contained herein. If you think you have a medical problem, please contact a licensed physician immediately.

Check in along Katie’s Hope Journey for her post-HSCT updates (Ep. 32)

Warrior: Katie Hominsky
AI: MS
HSCT: 4/15/19, Chicago
Superpower: Confidence

Who has your back when things get tough? When facing struggles in life, where do you seek support? How do you find hope and understanding?

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Tune in for this post-HSCT update from Katie, our first hopeful interviewed about her Hope Journey to HSCT and hear more about the ups and downs of her recovery rollercoaster at nearly six months post-transplant. In addition to simply catching up, Katie offers important updates on her fundraising initiatives and support strategies, and shares more about her ongoing Hope Journey. 

Be sure to visit our website, HSCTWarriorsPodcast.com where you can find notes from today’s episode, submit ideas or feedback, or connect with HSCT Warriors, Inc. to “Talk with a Warrior”, find the latest research and resources, or explore the world map. Special thanks to musical genius Billy Alletzhauser for sharing his superpowers to produce the soundtrack, and engineer the audio to make this podcast possible. You can find us both when you subscribe on SoundCloud, iTunes or wherever you find your podcasts.

It has been great to connect with Warriors worldwide so reach out if you’re interested in sharing your story. We would definitely love to learn how the podcast has helped your journey with autoimmune disease… if you could take a moment to share your story, leave us a comment on instagram or share feedback on our website. We hope you’ll tune in next Wednesday for another episode, highlighting another HSCT Warrior. Until then, be a snowflake and embrace your superpowers.  Be kind. Be well.

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Jen Stansbury Koenig and the producers disclaim medical influence and responsibility for any possible adverse effects from the use of information contained herein. If you think you have a medical problem, please contact a licensed physician immediately.

Share in all the reasons to smile along Tracey’s journey with HSCT (Ep. 31)

Warrior: Tracey Rossi
AI: Multiple Sclerosis
HSCT: August 2018
Superpower: Motivation

Are you looking to fit all the HSCT pieces together? What is your outlook on life? How often do you choose to turn a frown upside down? 

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As a former surfer, Tracey became an expert in finding balance and going with the flow. Having lived with the MS monster since 2009, Tracey was shocked when Dr. Burt was surprised enough by her symptoms to expedite her enrollment in the MOST clinical trial. Tune in and hear the latest updates from Chicago when Tracey was seen for her one-year follow-up in August.

Be sure to visit our website, HSCTWarriorsPodcast.com where you can find notes from today’s episode, submit ideas or feedback, or connect with HSCT Warriors, Inc. to “Talk with a Warrior”, find the latest research and resources, or explore the world map. Special thanks to musical genius Billy Alletzhauser for sharing his superpowers to produce the soundtrack, and engineer the audio to make this podcast possible. You can find us both when you subscribe on SoundCloud, iTunes or wherever you find your podcasts.

It has been great to connect with Warriors worldwide so reach out if you’re interested in sharing your story. We would definitely love to learn how the podcast has helped your journey with autoimmune disease… if you could take a moment to share your story, leave us a comment on instagram or share feedback on our website. We appreciate all your support, and if you’re looking to contribute in other ways – including volunteering or monetarily – we’d love to hear from you. We hope you’ll tune in next Wednesday for another episode, highlighting another HSCT Warrior. Until then, be a snowflake and embrace your superpowers.  Be kind. Be well.

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Jen Stansbury Koenig and the producers disclaim medical influence and responsibility for any possible adverse effects from the use of information contained herein. If you think you have a medical problem, please contact a licensed physician immediately.

Meet Paul, a champion for positive outlooks along a mindful marathon (Ep. 30)

Warrior: Paul Wheeler
AI: Secondary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis
HSCT: April 10, 2017
Superpower: Dancing

Have you experienced the compassion of humanity? Is your approach to life more of the “cup half-empty” or “half-full” mindset? Just how full is your cup?

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As someone who prefers “research to the nth degree” about medical decisions, Paul weighed the odds of HSCT and determined them better than the 100% chance his disease would progress. Thanks to HSCT, Paul has not only found clarity of mind without the burden of “cog fog” he recognizes that other unexpected improvements he has been so grateful for are not guaranteed. 

Tune in to learn more about how Paul rallied the support of his family and community to help raise money in order to get from the UK to Mexico, including a “really weird” journey made of “a marathon a day” spanning 250 miles in his wheelchair. Enjoy this inspiring story of energetic joy.

Be sure to visit our website, HSCTWarriorsPodcast.com where you can find notes from today’s episode, submit ideas or feedback, or connect with HSCT Warriors, Inc. to “Talk with a Warrior”, find the latest research and resources, or explore the world map. Special thanks to musical genius Billy Alletzhauser for sharing his superpowers to produce the soundtrack, and engineer the audio to make this podcast possible. You can find us both when you subscribe on SoundCloud, iTunes or wherever you find your podcasts.

It has been great to connect with Warriors worldwide so reach out if you’re interested in sharing your story. We would definitely love to learn how the podcast has helped your journey with autoimmune disease… if you could take a moment to share your story, leave us a comment on instagram or share feedback on our website. We hope you’ll tune in next Wednesday for another episode, highlighting another HSCT Warrior. Until then, be a snowflake and embrace your superpowers.  Be kind. Be well.

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Jen Stansbury Koenig and the producers disclaim medical influence and responsibility for any possible adverse effects from the use of information contained herein. If you think you have a medical problem, please contact a licensed physician immediately.

Join Jarrod in recognizing and reflecting on your contributions (Ep. 29)

Warrior: Jarrod Schlipf
AI: Multiple Sclerosis
HSCT: November 2014
Superpower: Patience 

How much effort/time/money has been spent battling autoimmune disease? What is your contribution to the outcomes that you are seeking? How committed are you to making time to build habits that nourish your mind, body and soul?

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Tracing his 17 year experience with MS to an auto accident that injured his neck, Jarrod continues to find improvements post-HSCT through reducing a majority of his stress, finding the importance of sleeping and rest, and committing to movement and exercise.  

Jarrod’s message that “You get out of HSCT… what you put into HSCT” inspires shifts in thinking and movement of both the mind and body. Recognizing the challenges that he might still face through ongoing recovery, by embracing a positive mindset and gratitude Jarrod is able to find patience and space to focus on getting better and living his second chance at life.

Be sure to visit our website, HSCTWarriorsPodcast.com where you can find notes from today’s episode, submit ideas or feedback, or connect with HSCT Warriors, Inc. to “Talk with a Warrior”, find the latest research and resources, or explore the world map. Special thanks to musical genius Billy Alletzhauser for sharing his superpowers to produce the soundtrack, and engineer the audio to make this podcast possible. You can find us both when you subscribe on SoundCloud, iTunes or wherever you find your podcasts.

It has been great to connect with Warriors worldwide so reach out if you’re interested in sharing your story. We would definitely love to learn how the podcast has helped your journey with autoimmune disease… if you could take a moment to share your story, leave us a comment on instagram or share feedback on our website. We hope you’ll tune in next Wednesday for another episode, highlighting another HSCT Warrior. Until then, be a snowflake and embrace your superpowers.  Be kind. Be well.

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Jen Stansbury Koenig and the producers disclaim medical influence and responsibility for any possible adverse effects from the use of information contained herein. If you think you have a medical problem, please contact a licensed physician immediately.

Resources:
MS Gym
Jarrod’s HSCT Journey FB group

 

 

Find space and be inspired in the moment by Tammy’s brave vulnerability (Ep. 28)

Warrior: Tammy Kazen-Richert
AI: Primary Progressive MS
HSCT: 2013, AA Maximov Hospital, Moscow Russia
Superpower: Incredible hulk-type shifts between calm intention and strength to power through

How intentional are you about making memories? Which side of the coin are you on? Who are the people in life that you can count on as running partners?

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After she spent years managing another autoimmune issue, Tammy found HSCT in her initial research to learn more when she was initially diagnosed with primary progressive multiple sclerosis. After being denied elsewhere for HSCT due to the PPMS diagnosis, she found that Russia offered a path to HSCT that Tammy chose to run.

Finding a new sense of community among fellow HSCT Warriors has been an uncomparable support for Tammy as she realized that even after a successful transplant, she relapsed after three years post-HSCT and is considered a non-responder. Tune in and be inspired by the brave vulnerability that Tammy shares in her perspective ‘on the flip side of the coin.’

Be sure to visit our website, HSCTWarriorsPodcast.com where you can find notes from today’s episode, submit ideas or feedback, or connect with HSCT Warriors, Inc. to “Talk with a Warrior”, find the latest research and resources, or explore the world map. Special thanks to musical genius Billy Alletzhauser for sharing his superpowers to produce the soundtrack, and engineer the audio to make this podcast possible. You can find us both when you subscribe on SoundCloud, iTunes or wherever you find your podcasts.

It has been great to connect with Warriors worldwide so reach out if you’re interested in sharing your story. We would definitely love to learn how the podcast has helped your journey with autoimmune disease… if you could take a moment to share your story, leave us a comment on instagram or share feedback on our website. We hope you’ll tune in next Wednesday for another episode, highlighting another HSCT Warrior. Until then, be a snowflake and embrace your superpowers.  Be kind. Be well.

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Jen Stansbury Koenig and the producers disclaim medical influence and responsibility for any possible adverse effects from the use of information contained herein. If you think you have a medical problem, please contact a licensed physician immediately.

Resources:
The MS Gym Podcast
BrookeSlick.com

Join Allison in efforts to spread hope and awareness (Ep. 27)

Warrior: Allison Carr
AI: Multiple Sclerosis
HSCT: 2014/15, Northwestern Memorial, Chicago IL
Superpower: Survival

To what extent do your doctors have your best interest in mind? Does the medical community you depend on have accurate information about HSCT? 

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After suffering symptoms without a diagnosis for twenty years, Allison felt completely ignored by her medical community. As a busy mom in a busy career with a busy life, Allison didn’t find much time for her diagnosis of multiple sclerosis, let alone the frightening side effects of pharmaceuticals. Despite the opinions of multiple doctors, when family friends connected her to the possibility of HSCT in a clinical trial, she did her research and pursued HSCT without hesitation.

Tune in to hear the lessons learned as Allison survived a see-saw insurance battle, challenges to her marriage, and what happened when Allison realized that the little she knew about HSCT was more than what her doctors knew or willing to learn. In listening to Allison’s journey, we hope you’ll be inspired to become your own self-advocate and join her in efforts to spread hope and awareness.

Be sure to visit our website, HSCTWarriorsPodcast.com where you can find notes from today’s episode, submit ideas or feedback, or connect with HSCT Warriors, Inc. to “Talk with a Warrior”, find the latest research and resources, or explore the world map. Special thanks to musical genius Billy Alletzhauser for sharing his superpowers to produce the soundtrack, and engineer the audio to make this podcast possible. You can find us both when you subscribe on SoundCloud, iTunes or wherever you find your podcasts.

It has been great to connect with Warriors worldwide so reach out if you’re interested in sharing your story. We would definitely love to learn how the podcast has helped your journey with autoimmune disease… if you could take a moment to share your story, leave us a comment on instagram or share feedback on our website. We hope you’ll tune in next Wednesday for another episode, highlighting another HSCT Warrior. Until then, be a snowflake and embrace your superpowers.  Be kind. Be well.
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Jen Stansbury Koenig and the producers disclaim medical influence and responsibility for any possible adverse effects from the use of information contained herein. If you think you have a medical problem, please contact a licensed physician immediately.

Be inspired by Keri’s remarkable journey to persist in self-advocacy (Season 3, Ep. 2)

Warrior: Keri Huff
AI: Tumefactive multiple sclerosis
HSCT: August, 2010
Superpower: Self-advocacy

When you try to advocate for your health and doctors turn you away, how do you persist? Have you ever reflected on how much time you have? Where do you find beauty each day?

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At just 28 years old, Keri started experiencing odd symptoms that countless doctors ignored and dismissed. As she persisted through debilitating pain and extreme fevers, an MRI finally evidenced several masses on her brain. After persisting through additional testing and a ten hour brain surgery, she learned she was pregnant but did not walk away with a diagnosis.

When her masses eventually returned, she continued fighting for answers and connected with Dr. Burt at Northwestern. Sharing her remarkable journey battling multiple autoimmune diseases, be inspired to learn how Keri fought for ten years struggling to find answers and relief from her pain as a one in 20,000,000 statistic, only to face death with the possibility of HSCT.

Be sure to visit our website, HSCTWarriorsPodcast.com where you can find notes from today’s episode, submit ideas or feedback, or connect with HSCT Warriors, Inc. to “Talk with a Warrior”, find the latest research and resources, or explore the world map. Special thanks to musical genius Billy Alletzhauser for sharing his superpowers to produce the soundtrack, and engineer the audio to make this podcast possible. You can find us both when you subscribe on SoundCloud, iTunes or wherever you find your podcasts.

It has been great to connect with Warriors worldwide so reach out if you’re interested in sharing your story. We would definitely love to learn how the podcast has helped your journey with autoimmune disease… if you could take a moment to share your story, leave us a comment on instagram or share feedback on our website. We hope you’ll tune in next Wednesday for another episode, highlighting another HSCT Warrior. Until then, be a snowflake and embrace your superpowers.  Be kind. Be well.

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Jen Stansbury Koenig and the producers disclaim medical influence and responsibility for any possible adverse effects from the use of information contained herein. If you think you have a medical problem, please contact a licensed physician immediately.

Kick off the third season with an update from Ali Strong

Warrior: Ali Strong
AI: MS
HSCT: 11/6/17
Superpower: Gratitude

Where do you find yourself bringing attention in life? Are you able to find goodness with your current state of being? What have been your most important lessons in life? 

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Embrace a shift from the typical podcast interview and listen in on Jen’s conversation to check in with Ali Strong on her HSCT journey, and share more about the new nonprofit, HSCT Warriors, Inc. for which Ali serves on the Advisory Board. Tune in and be inspired to integrate strategies that calm the mind and nerves, and be encouraged to find ways to shift the sense of control, or make time in a busy day to nourish yourself.

Be sure to visit our website, HSCTWarriorsPodcast.com where you can find notes from today’s episode, submit ideas or feedback, or connect with HSCT Warriors, Inc. to “Talk with a Warrior”, find the latest research and resources, or explore the world map. Special thanks to musical genius Billy Alletzhauser for sharing his superpowers to produce the soundtrack, and engineer the audio to make this podcast possible. You can find us both when you subscribe on SoundCloud, iTunes or wherever you find your podcasts.

It has been great to connect with Warriors worldwide so reach out if you’re interested in sharing your story. We would definitely love to learn how the podcast has helped your journey with autoimmune disease… if you could take a moment to share your story, leave us a comment on instagram or share feedback on our website. We appreciate all your support, and if you’re looking to contribute in other ways – including volunteering or monetarily – we’d love to hear from you. We hope you’ll tune in next Wednesday for another episode, highlighting another HSCT Warrior. Until then, be a snowflake and embrace your superpowers.  Be kind. Be well.

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Jen Stansbury Koenig and the producers disclaim medical influence and responsibility for any possible adverse effects from the use of information contained herein. If you think you have a medical problem, please contact a licensed physician immediately.

Revisit the launch of AIMS, the world’s first HSCT charity

Snowflake: AIMS Charity, UK
HSCT: MS Caregiver, Alison
Superpower: Dedication

Have you considered the possibilities of traveling abroad to pursue HSCT to halt your autoimmune disease? Are you striving to overcome obstacles like funding or researching HSCT? How do you turn a challenge into opportunity for others?

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Meet Alison, a caregiver for her warrior husband who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2010 and experienced significant declines in a short time. Once they determined HSCT would be the best avenue for treatment, they struggled to be accepted to their local clinic in the United Kingdom. After fundraising to pursue HSCT at Clinica Ruiz in Puebla Mexico, they were finally accepted for treatment in the UK and allocated the dollars already raised to begin AIMS; the world’s first charity to support individuals in their pursuit of HSCT.

Tune in to learn more about how Alison came to co-found AIMS, the world’s first registered charity to support UK residents with Autoimmune Disease and Multiple Sclerosis, with an emphasis on HSCT.

Be sure to visit our website, HSCTWarriorsPodcast.com where you can find notes from today’s episode, submit ideas or feedback, and access the latest HSCT research and resources. Special thanks to musical genius Billy Alletzhauser for sharing his superpowers to create the soundtrack, edit, and produce the audio to make this podcast possible. You can find us both when you subscribe on SoundCloud, iTunes or wherever you find your podcasts.

Take a moment to leave a review because your feedback will help to develop even better episodes, and your ratings will help other people find the show. Tune in next Wednesday for a brand new episode, highlighting another HSCT Warrior. Until then, be a snowflake and embrace your superpowers.  Be kind. Be well.

Resources noted:
AIMS Charity
Symptom Checker
Clinica Ruiz, Puebla, Mexico
Aa Maximov Hospital, Moscow Russia

 

Replay our first chat with HSCT hopeful Katie

Warrior: Katie
Snowflake: Relapsing Remitting Multiple Sclerosis
HSCT: April 15, 2019
Superpower: Walk with God

Where do you find confidence to move forward? How do you take the reins and find the right mindset? Who do you consider to be family?

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Join us along Katie’s Hope Journey and learn from this interview with our first HSCT Hopeful. After spending 9 years battling multiple sclerosis, Katie found the mindset and the communal support to tackle HSCT head on. Despite her roller coaster of seeking insurance approval, the denial that led to fundraising and efforts of advocacy, Katie is now scheduled for pretesting and if all goes well, to undergo HSCT in Spring 2019.

Tune in and learn strategies for fundraising, answers to lingering questions, and how connecting with other HSCT veterans helped Katie build genuine excitement for HSCT.

Be sure to visit our website, HSCTWarriorsPodcast.com where you can find notes from today’s episode, submit ideas or feedback, and access the latest HSCT research and resources. Special thanks to musical genius Billy Alletzhauser for sharing his superpowers to create the soundtrack, edit, and produce the audio to make this podcast possible. You can find us both when you subscribe on SoundCloud, iTunes or wherever you find your podcasts.

Take a moment to leave a review because your feedback will help to develop even better episodes, and your ratings will help other people find the show. Tune in next Wednesday for a brand new episode, highlighting another HSCT Warrior. Until then, be a snowflake and embrace your superpowers.  Be kind. Be well.

Resources:
Personal blog: Katie’s Hope Journey to end her MS
End my MS blog: by Anna Wise

Hosted by: Dr. Jen Stansbury Koenig aka “Zen Jen”
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Revisit gratitude with Ali Strong

Warrior: Ali Strong
Snowflake: RRMS
HSCT: 11/6/17, Northwestern Memorial, Chicago
Superpower: Gratitude

Where do you find gratitude in life? Are you just surviving in life, or are you thriving?

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Tune in for updates from Ali Strong and find out what our first HSCT Warrior has been up to since her first interview. Find out more about the healing that Ali has experienced, her training and research to grow her #alistrong business, and get inspired to shift from just surviving to thriving.

Be sure to visit our website, HSCTWarriorsPodcast.com where you can find notes from today’s episode, submit ideas or feedback, and access the latest HSCT research and resources. Special thanks to musical genius Billy Alletzhauser for sharing his superpowers to create the soundtrack, edit, and produce the audio to make this podcast possible. You can find us both when you subscribe on SoundCloud, iTunes or wherever you find your podcasts.

Take a moment to leave a review because your feedback will help to develop even better episodes, and your ratings will help other people find the show. Tune in next Wednesday for a brand new episode, highlighting another HSCT Warrior. Until then, be a snowflake and embrace your superpowers.  Be kind. Be well.

Revisit Kevin’s journey to Singapore for HSCT

Warrior: Kevin
Snowflake: Multiple Sclerosis
HSCT: April 2016, Raffles Medical Center, Singapore
Superpower: Novena to St. Jude

When facing the unknown, are you curious about possibilities or do you fear uncertainties? What is the part of your journey that has become too familiar? How can we support each other to mobilize for different outcomes?

Revisit Kevin's trip to Singapore

If you’ve ever been curious to know more about potential complications or side effects associated with HSCT, meet Kevin, who faced nearly any possible challenge you could possibly face (e.g. failed mobilization, infection in the blood) with HSCT, including travel across the globe to Singapore. Despite facing such significant challenges, tune in to learn more about Kevin’s journey to halt his MS and his continued dedication to recover his physical abilities, and promote HSCT.

Be sure to visit our website, HSCTWarriorsPodcast.com where you can find notes from today’s episode, submit ideas or feedback, and access the latest HSCT research and resources. Special thanks to musical genius Billy Alletzhauser for sharing his superpowers to create the soundtrack, edit, and perfect the audio to make this podcast possible. You can find us both when you subscribe on SoundCloud, iTunes or wherever you find your podcasts.

Take a moment to leave a review because your feedback will help to develop even better episodes, and your ratings will help other people find the show. Tune in next Wednesday for a brand new episode, highlighting another HSCT Warrior. Until then, be a snowflake and embrace your superpowers.  Be kind. Be well.

Hosted by: Dr. Jen Stansbury Koenig aka “Zen Jen”
Tags: #HSCT, #HSCTwarriors, #autoimmunedisease, #MultipleSclerosis, #MSWarrior #HSCTsnowflakes, #HSCTsuperpowers

Resources:

Raffles Medical Center, Singapore: rafflesmedicalgroup.com
Ohio Facebook group: facebook.com/groups/OhioHSCTgroup/
Zen Jen’s blog: Haltmyms.com
WCPO Cincinnati ABC affiliate: wcpo.com

 

Replay this live interview of Zen Jen hostessed by friend Sara Leah

Warriors: “Zen” Jen & Sara Leah
Snowflake: RRMS
HSCT: October 18, 2017 at Northwestern Memorial Hospital
Superpower: Zen

Do you embrace life’s challenges with open arms? One step at a time? As you find a way along your journey, do you pause to reflect in the moment and express gratitude for those who are with you?

Replay with Jen and Sara

Learn more about the journey of our very own “Zen” Jen, as she shares the mic for a chat with her dear friend Sara Leah and they find commonalities in their unique experiences with MS. With a fun break from the usual interview, enjoy this conversation from the lens of someone curious to know more about HSCT, and in celebration of Jen’s one-year HSCT birthday.

Special thanks to musical genius Billy Alletzhauser for sharing his superpowers to host this interview live in the Belfry; especially for his efforts to create the soundtrack, record, edit, and perfect the audio to make this podcast possible. You can find us both when you subscribe on SoundCloud, iTunes or wherever you find your podcasts.

Take a moment to leave a review because your feedback will help to develop even better episodes, and your ratings will help other people find the show. Tune in next Wednesday for a brand new episode, highlighting another HSCT Warrior. Until then, be a snowflake and embrace your superpowers.  Be kind. Be well.

Hosted by: Dr. Jen Stansbury Koenig aka “Zen Jen”
Tags: #HSCT, #HSCTwarriors, #autoimmunedisease, #MultipleSclerosis, #MSWarrior #HSCTsnowflakes, #HSCTsuperpowers

Resources:
haltmyms.com
hsctwarriorspodcast.com
HSCT at Hoxworth Blood Center, University of Cincinnati
HSCT at Clinica Ruiz, Puebla Mexico

 

Revisit Cecilia’s reminders for self care and positivity

Warrior: Cecilia
Snowflake: RRMS
HSCT: July 11, 2018, Northwestern Memorial Hospital
Superpower: Connections

How positive is your outlook? How empowered do you feel by your faith and innate resilience? When life seems scattered like a puzzle, how do your pieces fit together?

Reminders with Cecilia

Tune in to learn more about how Cecilia embraces a positive mindset, regular mantras, and her lens of love to face any challenge that presents itself. Within the first six months post-HSCT, Cecilia has found strength in physical therapy, resilience in connections and sharing her experiences, and even found the balance to get back to work part-time.

Be sure to explore our website, HSCTWarriorsPodcast.com where you can find notes from today’s episode, submit ideas or feedback, listen to more episodes, and access the latest HSCT research and resources. Special thanks to musical genius Billy Alletzhauser for sharing his superpowers to create the soundtrack, edit, and produce the audio to make this podcast possible. You can find us both when you subscribe on SoundCloud, iTunes or wherever you find your podcasts.

Take a moment to leave a review because your feedback will help to develop even better episodes, and your ratings will help other people find the show. Tune in next Wednesday for a brand new episode, highlighting another HSCT Warrior. Until then, be a snowflake and embrace your superpowers.  Be kind. Be well.

Hosted by: Dr. Jen Stansbury Koenig aka “Zen Jen”
Tags: #HSCT, #HSCTwarriors, #autoimmunedisease, #RRMS, #HSCTsnowflakes, #HSCTsuperpowers

Resources:
Affirmations by Louise Hay

 

Rewind and shine a light on Anna’s journey with HSCT

Warrior: Anna
Snowflake: RRMS
HSCT: February 23, 2017 at Northwestern Memorial Hospital
Superpower: Running

How bright is the light you shine on your present situation? What are you committed to, without any doubts or hesitation, to achieve your “next best life”?

Rewind with Anna(1)

After hearing a “no” from her first attempt at HSCT, Anna remained open to try anything (including experimenting with mesenchymal stem cell therapy) to cure her MS. She found herself on Medicare and full-time disability for two years at the end of her late-thirties, so after failing four disease-modifying therapies (DMT) and facing the side-effects of yet another DMT, Anna chose to jump at the chance to revisit her application at Northwestern Memorial.

Tune in to hear more about Anna’s journey with Multiple Sclerosis and the effort she made to prevent her disease from progressing; the “rollercoaster” peaks and valleys of post-HSCT recovery; strategies to battle the chemotherapy-related fatigue, regain confidence, and embrace energy from physical exercise in simple environments; and pursue the best life possible.

Be sure to explore our website, HSCTWarriorsPodcast.com where you can find notes from today’s episode, submit ideas or feedback, listen to more episodes, and access the latest HSCT research and resources. Special thanks to musical genius Billy Alletzhauser for sharing his superpowers to create the soundtrack, edit, and produce the audio to make this podcast possible. You can find us both when you subscribe on SoundCloud, iTunes or wherever you find your podcasts.

Take a moment to leave a review because your feedback will help to develop even better episodes, and your ratings will help other people find the show. Tune in next Wednesday for a brand new episode, highlighting another HSCT Warrior. Until then, be a snowflake and embrace your superpowers.  Be kind. Be well.

Hosted by: Dr. Jen Stansbury Koenig aka “Zen Jen”
Tags: #HSCT, #HSCTwarriors, #autoimmunedisease, #RRMS, #HSCTsnowflakes, #HSCTsuperpowers

Resources:
Jesus Calling: Everyday Devotions by Sarah Young
Anna’s blog: https://endmyMS.com

 

Revisit the courageous journey of Julie and learn strategies for success with HSCT

Warrior: Julie
Snowflake: RRMS
HSCT: February 19, 2018 at Northwestern Memorial
Superpowers: Empathy and ability to “not sweat the small stuff”

Are you a goal-oriented person who likes to create plans and back-up plans to the plans for every aspect of life? Have your plans been significantly detoured by your experience with autoimmune disease?

HSCT Rewind Julie

As a young warrior with brilliant energy, Julie shines her light on the importance of managing stress in order to negotiate the realities of unpredictability. She very quickly realized the reality that as a progressive disease, MS created daily fear that “the next day could have been the day when I woke up and couldn’t walk again.” Within two short years of diagnosis in 2016, Julie felt completely defeated by MS until she embraced hope as a mantra to navigate life and hasn’t let it go throughout her HSCT journey. Tune in to learn more about Julie’s shifting perspectives and find wisdom that might take others a lifetime to learn.

Be sure to visit our website, HSCTWarriorsPodcast.com where you can find notes from today’s episode, submit ideas or feedback, and access the latest HSCT research and resources. Special thanks to musical genius Billy Alletzhauser for sharing his superpowers to create the soundtrack, edit, and produce the audio to make this podcast possible. You can find us both when you subscribe on SoundCloud, iTunes or wherever you find your podcasts.

Take a moment to leave a review because your feedback will help to develop even better episodes, and your ratings will help other people find the show. Tune in next Wednesday for a brand new episode, highlighting another HSCT Warrior. Until then, be a snowflake and embrace your superpowers.  Be kind. Be well.

Resources:

Blindsided, Richard Cohen
Chasing Hope, Richard Cohen
Julie’s blog: MakingSenseofMS.com
FB group: We’re F’in MS Warriors

Hosted by: Dr. Jen Stansbury Koenig aka “Zen Jen”
Tags: #HSCT, #HSCTwarriors, #autoimmunedisease, #RRMS, #HSCTsnowflakes, #HSCTsuperpowers

Rewind and reflect as we revisit our conversation with Ron

Warrior: Ron
Snowflake: RRMS
HSCT: May 6, 2017, Puebla, Mexico
Superpower: Advocacy for HSCT

Have you ever learned something that left you at a loss for words? Found yourself tied to the railroad tracks looking for a way to stop an oncoming train?

HSCT Rewind Ron

Meet Ron, a warrior who invested in the “short term pain for long term gain” of HSCT and found courage to face his fears, doubts, and misconceptions in order to commit to Clinica Ruiz in Puebla, Mexico. As an American citizen residing in Canada, he unexpectedly found an extended family and friends in Mexico.

Ron leaped into his journey without looking back, continues to grow his family by embracing a positive outlook, and focusing on the small things to appreciate in life. Tune in to hear Ron’s tips and tricks, encouragement to pursue objective research, and strategies to support a healthy outlook in recovery.

Special thanks to musical genius Billy Alletzhauser for sharing his superpowers to create the soundtrack, edit, and produce the audio to make this podcast possible. You can find us both when you subscribe on SoundCloud, iTunes or wherever you find your podcasts.

Take a moment to leave a review because your feedback will help to develop even better episodes, and your ratings will help other people find the show. Tune in next Wednesday for a brand new episode, highlighting another HSCT Warrior. Until then, be a snowflake and embrace your superpowers.  Be kind. Be well.

Resources:
Ron’s blog: ronniesmstrek.mozello.com
Heavy Metal testing: https://www.doctorsdata.com/urine-toxic-metals/
Clinica Ruiz: hsctmexico.com

Hosted by: Dr. Jen Stansbury Koenig aka “Zen Jen”
Tags: #HSCT, #HSCTwarriors, #autoimmunedisease, #RRMS, #HSCTsnowflakes, #HSCTsuperpowers #clinicaruiz #drruiz #HSCTforMS #northamerican #continental #warrior #publa #monterrey #worldrenowned #advocates #advocacy

Revisit this recent episode with Chris for CIDP awareness month

Snowflake: CIDP (chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy)
HSCT: August 14, 2018
Superpower: ability to walk again

Have you ever lingered on the brink of life? Or wondered why diagnosis by exclusion takes so long? How much energy would you have to spin your wheels?

HSCT Ep 2-4 Chris Masters(1)

Meet Chris, a physical therapist familiar with physical movement, injury, and the understanding that when numbness, tingling, and pain consumed his abilities to move, he needed to fast-track some answers. Despite the shuffle from doctor to doctor without diagnosis, once his body completely shut down while driving to work, Chris and his wife knew they had to find their own answers and fully adorn the role of advocacy.

Tune in to learn more about the back-and-forth Chris experienced along his path of diagnosis with CIDP that led him to HSCT, the concern for others struggling to find the right diagnosis, the importance of self-advocacy, and the spirit of hope in sharing awareness.

Be sure to visit our website, HSCTWarriorsPodcast.com where you can find notes from today’s episode, submit ideas or feedback, and access the latest HSCT research and resources. Special thanks to musical genius Billy Alletzhauser for sharing his superpowers to create the soundtrack, edit, and produce the audio to make this podcast possible. You can find us both when you subscribe on SoundCloud, iTunes or wherever you find your podcasts.

Take a moment to leave a review because your feedback will help to develop even better episodes, and your ratings will help other people find the show. Tune in next Wednesday for a brand new episode, highlighting another HSCT Warrior. Until then, be a snowflake and embrace your superpowers.  Be kind. Be well.

Resources noted:
GBS/CIDP Foundation: https://www.gbs-cidp.org/

Rewind to hear Denise’s experience with HSCT for Stiff Person Syndrome

Have you ever found yourself distracted by concern for the people in your life that are stressed about your condition? Do you question whether the resources you find when researching your condition are of comparable quality to the resources your doctors can access? Have you learned how to embrace the courage to make your own decisions in healthcare? Tune in and revisit the fifth episode featuring Denise’s experience with HSCT for Stiff Person Syndrome:

Copy of HSCT Ep 2-12 Dave

Season 2, Ep. 12: Join Dave to learn strategies for HSCT recovery and hear exciting updates

Warrior: Dave Carey
Snowflake: Multiple Sclerosis
HSCT: 09/11/17
Superpower: New perspective

What is your potential for recovery? Do you have strategies to support your self in recovery? What mindset keeps you engaged? Join us in this last episode of Season 2 and catch up with Dave, learn strategies for recovery, and hear exciting updates!

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As his positive outlook on HSCT has carried forward to influence his perspective on life, Dave continues to experiment on how his post-HSCT body will react to the challenges of moving to a different climate, raising a toddler, and changing jobs. Tune in to learn more about the strategies that he incorporates to make time to intentionally support his progress in recovery and wellness.

As Season 2 of the podcast closes with this episode, be sure to listen for exciting new updates about the launch of HSCT Warriors, Incorporated – a nonprofit organization founded by HSCT Warriors to promote awareness of HSCT as a treatment option for autoimmune diseases through education, outreach, advocacy, and personal connections.

Be sure to visit our website, HSCTWarriorsPodcast.com where you can find notes from today’s episode, submit ideas or feedback, and access the latest HSCT research and resources. Special thanks to musical genius Billy Alletzhauser for sharing his superpowers to create the soundtrack, edit, and produce the audio to make this podcast possible. You can find us both when you subscribe on SoundCloud, iTunes or wherever you find your podcasts.

Take a moment to leave a review because your feedback will help to develop even better episodes, and your ratings will help other people find the show. Tune in next Wednesday to revisit an episode highlighting a HSCT Warrior from the first season. Until then, be a snowflake and embrace your superpowers.  Be kind. Be well.

Resources noted:

HSCT Warriors, Incorporated

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Season 2, Ep. 10: Get to know Eileen’s positive mindset and learn more about the HSCT rollercoaster

Snowflake: Multiple Sclerosis
HSCT: 01/05/17
Superpower: Knowing you have the rest of your life to look forward to

How much fear do you have when facing uncertainty? How do you adjust when riding a roller coaster? What does normal even feel like?

HSCT Ep 2-10 Eileen

Despite years of debilitating fatigue and cycling through nine different disease modifying therapies, Eileen had a suspicion that someday, stem cells would help alleviate her pain. After researching the possibility of stem cells on her own, she found immediate support from her neurologist to pursue HSCT at Northwestern in Chicago.

Tune in to hear more about her experience of living with MS for twenty years, changes experienced post-HSCT, and learn more about the recovery roller coaster that has been life changing for Eileen.

Be sure to visit our website, HSCTWarriorsPodcast.com where you can find notes from today’s episode, submit ideas or feedback, and access the latest HSCT research and resources. Special thanks to musical genius Billy Alletzhauser for sharing his superpowers to create the soundtrack, edit, and produce the audio to make this podcast possible. You can find us both when you subscribe on SoundCloud, iTunes or wherever you find your podcasts.

Take a moment to leave a review because your feedback will help to develop even better episodes, and your ratings will help other people find the show. Tune in next Wednesday for a brand new episode, highlighting another HSCT Warrior. Until then, be a snowflake and embrace your superpowers.  Be kind. Be well.

Resources noted:
Yogaglo
Myofascial release

#MS, #multiplesclerosis, #autoimmunedisease, #HSCTsnowflakes, #HSCTsuperpowers, #snowflakes, #superpowers, #newnormal, #adjustment, #positivemindset, #positivity, #allgood, #advocacy, #selfadvocacy, #advocate, #HSCTforMS, #HSCTWarriors, #HSCTWarriorsPodcast, #Podcast, #DrBurt, #northwesternmemorial, #northwestern

Season 2, Ep. 9: Join Brooke on her journey to Moscow and hear how she was “cradled in care”

Warrior: Brooke Slick
Snowflake: Multiple Sclerosis
HSCT: May, 2013 in Moscow, Russia
Superpower: Patience and surrender

How do you navigate your diagnosis? Would you describe your perspective as positive or negative? How do you normalize your disease?

HSCT Ep 2-9 Brooke

After years of experiencing symptoms, Brooke was diagnosed with RRMS in 2006 and cycled through various disease modifying therapies, participated in a clinical trial, and sought alternatives to avoid the risk of developing PML. Despite working full time and distracting herself from the avalanche of symptoms, Brooke found herself transitioning into Secondary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis.

Inspired by the first American “ninja warrior” to receive HSCT in Moscow who blogged every detail about her experience, tune in to learn more about how Brooke focused her attention and perspective on the gifts and possibilities of HSCT. Brooke’s realistic perspective helped her embrace a positive approach and tackle the treatment that worked for her.

Be sure to visit our website, HSCTWarriorsPodcast.com where you can find notes from today’s episode, submit ideas or feedback, and access the latest HSCT research and resources. Special thanks to musical genius Billy Alletzhauser for sharing his superpowers to create the soundtrack, edit, and produce the audio to make this podcast possible. You can find us both when you subscribe on SoundCloud, iTunes or wherever you find your podcasts.

Take a moment to leave a review because your feedback will help to develop even better episodes, and your ratings will help other people find the show. Tune in next Wednesday for a brand new episode, highlighting another HSCT Warrior. Until then, be a snowflake and embrace your superpowers.  Be kind. Be well.

Resources noted:
Brooke’s blog: https://msslick.com/
Brooke’s book website: www.brookeslick.com
MS Gym
Yoga
Dr. Fedorenko at Aa Maximov Hospital, Moscow Russia

Season 2, Ep. 8: Meet Leta to learn more about HSCT for SPMS and be inspired to “dwell on the positive”

Warrior: Leta
AI: Secondary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis
HSCT: 07-08/18
Superpower: Support from husband and friends

How affiliated are you with your autoimmune disease? How certain are you that HSCT might work for SPMS? How connected are you with your community?

HSCT Ep 2-8 Leta

After living with MS for nearly 40 years, when Leta first heard of HSCT while watching the BBC on vacation, she researched it and considered the chance that HSCT could possibly halt her progression. Rather than wait for the disease to get any worse, she decided to pursue the quickest possible course to treatment.

Tune in to learn more about the fabulous care, comfort, and personalized service, and absolve any concerns in hearing more details of the “well-oiled machine” that is HSCT at Clinica Ruiz. Be inspired to treat your diagnosis as an interloper and “dwell on the positive”

Be sure to visit our website, HSCTWarriorsPodcast.com where you can find notes from today’s episode, submit ideas or feedback, and access the latest HSCT research and resources. Special thanks to musical genius Billy Alletzhauser for sharing his superpowers to create the soundtrack, edit, and produce the audio to make this podcast possible. You can find us both when you subscribe on SoundCloud, iTunes or wherever you find your podcasts.

Take a moment to leave a review because your feedback will help to develop even better episodes, and your ratings will help other people find the show. Tune in next Wednesday for a brand new episode, highlighting another HSCT Warrior. Until then, be a snowflake and embrace your superpowers.  Be kind. Be well.

Resources noted:
LetaKrieger.blog
MS Gym
Clinica Ruiz, Puebla
Any List app

#MS, #multiplesclerosis, #SPMS, #autoimmunedisease, #HSCTsnowflakes, #HSCTsuperpowers, #snowflakes, #superpowers, #knowyourbody, #dwellonthepositive, #advocacy, #selfadvocacy, #advocate, #HSCTforMS, #HSCTWarriors, #HSCTWarriorsPodcast, #Podcast, #Possibility

Season 2, Ep. 7: Meet Marlo, a poster child of courageous resilience with brilliant hope

Snowflake: Multiple Sclerosis and Lyme Disease
HSCT: anticipated by June, 2019
Superpower: knowing her body

How does one come to terms with the brutality of multiple sclerosis? How many disease modifying drugs have caused you significant complications? Do you know what it feels like to live a life without a chronic disease?

HSCT Ep 2-7 Marlo(1)

After seeing too many doctors that wouldn’t listen, receiving a diagnosis at 13 years young, and spending eleven years trying nearly every disease modifying treatment available, Marlo developed inflammation everywhere in her body that led to countless additional potential diagnoses. Having very few memories of her childhood or of positive experiences with doctors, Marlo has persevered with an admirable, courageous, and brilliant sense of hope for the future.

Tune in to hear more about Marlo’s journey with multiple sclerosis and how she is preparing her mind and body to become the first MS patient treated with HSCT according to the BEAM protocol (pending review) at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, Massachusetts.

Be sure to visit our website, HSCTWarriorsPodcast.com where you can find notes from today’s episode, submit ideas or feedback, and access the latest HSCT research and resources. Special thanks to musical genius Billy Alletzhauser for sharing his superpowers to create the soundtrack, edit, and produce the audio to make this podcast possible. You can find us both when you subscribe on SoundCloud, iTunes or wherever you find your podcasts.

Take a moment to leave a review because your feedback will help to develop even better episodes, and your ratings will help other people find the show. Tune in next Wednesday for a brand new episode, highlighting another HSCT Warrior. Until then, be a snowflake and embrace your superpowers.  Be kind. Be well.

Resources noted:

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, Massachusetts

#MS, #multiplesclerosis, #RRMS, #autoimmunedisease, #HSCTsnowflakes, #HSCTsuperpowers, #stemcells, #snowflakes, #superpowers, #knowyourbody, #bodyknowing, #hope, #advocacy, #selfadvocacy, #advocate, #HSCTforMS, #HSCTWarriors, #HSCTWarriorsPodcast, #Podcast, #DanaFarberCancerInstitute, #HarvardAffiliate #Possibility

Season 2, Ep. 6: Join Bonnie in remembering the importance of both mental and physical wellness

Snowflake: Multiple Sclerosis
HSCT: 7.10.18
Superpower: divine positivity

How thick is the fog on your brain? How clearly are you able to think and plan? When gearing up for a significant medical procedure, how well do you prepare for recovery?

HSCT Ep 2-6 Bonnie

After years of experiencing symptoms without answers until finally receiving a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis in 2016, Bonnie experienced heart complications with her first line of treatment that were exacerbated after abruptly stopping her medication. After finding HSCT as an option, she knew she would need to move quickly in hopes to halt her relapses.

Tune in to hear more about Bonnie’s journey to Clinica Ruiz for HSCT, and the affirmation that mental wellness is just as important – if not more important – than physical wellness. Join the team of supporters that helped her create connections with a community of support close to home, as well as internationally.

Be sure to visit our website, HSCTWarriorsPodcast.com where you can find notes from today’s episode, submit ideas or feedback, and access the latest HSCT research and resources. Special thanks to musical genius Billy Alletzhauser for sharing his superpowers to create the soundtrack, edit, and produce the audio to make this podcast possible. You can find us both when you subscribe on SoundCloud, iTunes, Stitcher, or wherever you find your podcasts.

Take a moment to leave a review because your feedback will help to develop even better episodes, and your ratings will help other people find the show. Tune in next Wednesday for a brand new episode, highlighting another HSCT Warrior. Until then, be a snowflake and embrace your superpowers.  Be kind. Be well.

Resources noted:
Clinica Ruiz, Puebla

Aa Maximov Hospital, Moscow Russia

Essential oils
Healthy diet

#caregiver, #MS, #multiplesclerosis, #RRMS, #autoimmunedisease, #HSCTsnowflakes, #HSCTsuperpowers, #snowflakes, #superpowers, #HSCTforMS, #HSCTWarriors, #HSCTWarriorsPodcast, #Podcast, #ClinicaRuiz, #HSCTMexico

 

Season 2, Ep. 5: Meet Jay, HSCT Advocate

Snowflake: MS Caregiver and HSCT Advocate
HSCT: March 18, 2018
Superpower: Knowledge we could not do it alone

How do you shift focus from self to other when faced with taking on the role of caregiver? When you ask your neurologist about HSCT as an option for treatment, what is their reaction? Do you have what it takes to construct space for success?

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Meet Jay, a proactive planner who made a conscious decision to move past his own emotions to focus on helping his wife navigate her diagnosis of multiple sclerosis and research a best course of action. After learning more about multiple sclerosis, the course of progression, side effects of DMTs, and the scary uncertainties that come with multiple sclerosis, he pushed his wife to understand more about HSCT.

Tune in to hear more about how quickly they moved to pursue HSCT, their experience with Clinica Ruiz in Mexico, strategies for caregiving from abroad, and how Jay was able to create space for his wife and their three children to make their way along the journey of HSCT.

Be sure to visit our website, HSCTWarriorsPodcast.com where you can find notes from today’s episode, submit ideas or feedback, and access the latest HSCT research and resources. Special thanks to musical genius Billy Alletzhauser for sharing his superpowers to create the soundtrack, edit, and master the audio to make this podcast possible. You can find us both when you subscribe on SoundCloud, iTunes or wherever you find your podcasts.

Take a moment to leave a review because your feedback will help to develop even better episodes, and your ratings will help other people find the show. Tune in next Wednesday for a brand new episode, highlighting another HSCT Warrior. Until then, be a snowflake and embrace your superpowers.  Be kind. Be well.

Resources noted:

HSCT.blog
Clinica Ruiz, Puebla, Mexico
Aa Maximov Hospital, Moscow Russia
“So they say” manuscript/documentary

Season 2, Ep. 4: Learn more about CIDP with Chris

Snowflake: CIDP (chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy)
HSCT: August 14, 2018
Superpower: ability to walk again

Have you ever lingered on the brink of life? Or wondered why diagnosis by exclusion takes so long? How much energy would you have to spin your wheels?

HSCT Ep 2-4 Chris Masters

Meet Chris, a physical therapist familiar with physical movement, injury, and the understanding that when numbness, tingling, and pain consumed his abilities to move, he needed to fast-track some answers. Despite the shuffle from doctor to doctor without diagnosis, once his body completely shut down while driving to work, Chris and his wife knew they had to find their own answers and fully adorn the role of advocacy.

Tune in to learn more about the back-and-forth Chris experienced along his path of diagnosis with CIDP that led him to HSCT, the concern for others struggling to find the right diagnosis, the importance of self-advocacy, and the spirit of hope in sharing awareness.

Be sure to visit our website, HSCTWarriorsPodcast.com where you can find notes from today’s episode, submit ideas or feedback, and access the latest HSCT research and resources. Special thanks to musical genius Billy Alletzhauser for sharing his superpowers to create the soundtrack, edit, and produce the audio to make this podcast possible. You can find us both when you subscribe on SoundCloud, iTunes or wherever you find your podcasts.

Take a moment to leave a review because your feedback will help to develop even better episodes, and your ratings will help other people find the show. Tune in next Wednesday for a brand new episode, highlighting another HSCT Warrior. Until then, be a snowflake and embrace your superpowers.  Be kind. Be well.

Resources noted:
GBS/CIDP Foundation: https://www.gbs-cidp.org/

Season 2, Ep. 3: HSCT Caregiver and AIMS Charity co-founder, Alison

Snowflake: AIMS Charity, UK
HSCT: MS Caregiver
Superpower: Dedication

Have you considered the possibilities of traveling abroad to pursue HSCT to halt your autoimmune disease? Are you striving to overcome obstacles like funding or researching HSCT? How do you turn a challenge into opportunity for others?

HSCT Ep 2-3 Alison Coates(2)

Meet Alison, a caregiver for her warrior husband who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2010 and experienced significant declines in a short time. Once they determined HSCT would be the best avenue for treatment, they struggled to be accepted to their local clinic in the United Kingdom. After fundraising to pursue HSCT at Clinica Ruiz in Puebla Mexico, they were finally accepted for treatment in the UK and allocated the dollars already raised to begin AIMS; the world’s first charity to support individuals in their pursuit of HSCT.

Tune in to learn more about how Alison came to co-found AIMS, the world’s first registered charity to support UK residents with Autoimmune Disease and Multiple Sclerosis, with an emphasis on HSCT.

Be sure to visit our website, HSCTWarriorsPodcast.com where you can find notes from today’s episode, submit ideas or feedback, and access the latest HSCT research and resources. Special thanks to musical genius Billy Alletzhauser for sharing his superpowers to create the soundtrack, edit, and produce the audio to make this podcast possible. You can find us both when you subscribe on SoundCloud, iTunes or wherever you find your podcasts.

Take a moment to leave a review because your feedback will help to develop even better episodes, and your ratings will help other people find the show. Tune in next Wednesday for a brand new episode, highlighting another HSCT Warrior. Until then, be a snowflake and embrace your superpowers.  Be kind. Be well.

Resources noted:
AIMS Charity
Symptom Checker
Clinica Ruiz, Puebla, Mexico
Aa Maximov Hospital, Moscow Russia

Hosted by: Dr. Jen Stansbury Koenig aka “Zen Jen”
Tags: #HSCT, #warriors, #HSCTWarriors #HSCTWarriorsPodcast #podcast #autoimmunedisease, #RRMS, #MS #multiplesclerosis, #lupus, #scleroderma, #cidp, #type1diabetes, #stiffpersonsyndrome, #rheumatoidarthritis, #symptoms, #aisymptoms, #HSCTsnowflakes, #HSCTsuperpowers, #snowflakes, #superpowers #aimscharity #AIMS, #clinicaruiz, #hsctmexico, #doctorruizargüelles, #doctorruiz, #symptomchecker, #improvement

Season 2, Ep. 2: Katie’s Hope Journey

Snowflake: RRMS
HSCT: Chicago, scheduled in March 2019
Superpower: walk with God

Where do you find confidence to move forward? How do you take the reins and find the right mindset? Who do you consider to be family?

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Join us along Katie’s Hope Journey and learn from this interview with our first HSCT Hopeful. After spending 9 years battling multiple sclerosis, Katie found the mindset and the communal support to tackle HSCT head on. Despite her roller coaster of seeking insurance approval, the denial that led to fundraising and efforts of advocacy, Katie is now scheduled for pretesting and if all goes well, to undergo HSCT in March, 2019.

Tune in and learn strategies for fundraising, answers to lingering questions, and how connecting with other HSCT veterans helped Katie build genuine excitement for HSCT.

Be sure to visit our website, HSCTWarriorsPodcast.com where you can find notes from today’s episode, submit ideas or feedback, and access the latest HSCT research and resources. Special thanks to musical genius Billy Alletzhauser for sharing his superpowers to create the soundtrack, edit, and produce the audio to make this podcast possible. You can find us both when you subscribe on SoundCloud, iTunes or wherever you find your podcasts.

Take a moment to leave a review because your feedback will help to develop even better episodes, and your ratings will help other people find the show. Tune in next Wednesday for a brand new episode, highlighting another HSCT Warrior. Until then, be a snowflake and embrace your superpowers.  Be kind. Be well.

Resources:
Personal blog: Katie’s Hope Journey to end her MS
End my MS blog: by Anna Wise

Hosted by: Dr. Jen Stansbury Koenig aka “Zen Jen”
Tags: #HSCT, #HSCTWarriors #HSCTWarriorsPodcast, #warriors, #podcast, #autoimmunedisease, #RRMS, #MS, #HSCTsnowflakes, #HSCTsuperpowers, #snowflakes, #superpowers

Season 2, Episode 1: Update with AliStrong

Snowflake: RRMS
HSCT: 11/6/17
Superpower: Gratitude

Where do you find gratitude in life? Are you just surviving in life, or are you thriving?

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Tune in for updates from Ali Strong and find out what our first HSCT Warrior has been up to since her first interview. Find out more about the healing that Ali has experienced, her training and research to grow her #alistrong business, and get inspired to shift from just surviving to thriving.

Be sure to visit our website, HSCTWarriorsPodcast.com where you can find notes from today’s episode, submit ideas or feedback, and access the latest HSCT research and resources. Special thanks to musical genius Billy Alletzhauser for sharing his superpowers to create the soundtrack, edit, and produce the audio to make this podcast possible. You can find us both when you subscribe on SoundCloud, iTunes or wherever you find your podcasts.

Take a moment to leave a review because your feedback will help to develop even better episodes, and your ratings will help other people find the show. Tune in next Wednesday for a brand new episode, highlighting another HSCT Warrior. Until then, be a snowflake and embrace your superpowers.  Be kind. Be well.

almost there…

… and so grateful for the space to create Season 2!! While we’ve been busy in the recording studio, we’ve also been working on a new logo and are excited to be near ready to launch our new season with a new look. We hope you stay tuned and if you find a moment, share your feedback… what has been your favorite episode so far? Is this one of them?

When you pause to reflect about what has changed during a year, what do you see or feel? If you take time to recognize your own personal successes, have you ever hesitated to share what you find with others?

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Meet Dave, a warrior who tried nearly every treatment available to treat his multiple sclerosis before finally receiving HSCT November 11, 2017 at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Dave used a cane and experienced regular active relapses before transplant, so he was ready for a life-changing event. As he worked to get things in order and prepare for the worst, he ended up surprised when Dr. Burt said to him, “I can help you” without caveat.

Dave approached HSCT with a commitment to “not fight anything” except his eagerness to get back to normal once he returned home. Listen for Dave’s strategies to keep a positive mindset, accept all aspects of any process, “take a beat” and embrace emotions, including the difficult, stressful, and uncomfortable ones. Dave’s story will inspire you to “like yourself more,” embrace family and friends, develop an affinity for unexpected relationships, and experience life with a newfound perspective.

Special thanks to musical genius Billy Alletzhauser for sharing his superpowers to create the soundtrack, edit, and produce the audio to make this podcast possible. You can find us both when you subscribe on SoundCloud, iTunes or wherever you find your podcasts.

Take a moment to leave a review because your feedback will help to develop even better episodes, and your ratings will help other people find the show. Tune in next Wednesday for a brand new episode, highlighting another HSCT Warrior. Until then, be a snowflake and embrace your superpowers.  Be kind. Be well.

Resource:
Bradberry, T., & Greaves, J. (2009). Emotional Intelligence 2.0. TalentSmart. ISBN-10: 0974320625

Hosted by: Dr. Jen Stansbury Koenig aka “Zen Jen”
Tags: #HSCT, #HSCTwarriors, #autoimmunedisease, #RRMS, #HSCTsnowflakes, #HSCTsuperpowers

recording still in progress…

Can you get comfortable with letting go of expectations? We invite you to revisit Episode 3 from Season 1 to learn from Chicago resident Ellie, while we continue preparing for Season 2… stay tuned as we hope to release new episodes in February 2019!

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Take a moment to leave a review because your feedback will help to develop even better episodes, and your ratings will help other people find the show. Tune in next Wednesday for another episode, highlighting another HSCT Warrior. Until then, be a snowflake and embrace your superpowers.  Be kind. Be well.

Resources noted:

HeartMath: https://www.heartmath.com

Jiyo: https://jiyo.com/home

YogaGlo: http:www.YogaGlo.com

Hosted by: Dr. Jen Stansbury Koenig aka “Zen Jen”
Tags: #HSCT, #HSCTwarriors, #autoimmunedisease, #RRMS, #HSCTsnowflakes, #HSCTsuperpowers

 

Revisiting

Have a listen to Episode 2 of Season 1 while we await our second season… thanks for your patience, and thanks for listening!

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Take a moment to leave a review because your feedback will help to develop even better episodes, and your ratings will help other people find the show. Until then, be a snowflake and embrace your superpowers.  Be kind. Be well.

Hosted by: Dr. Jen Stansbury Koenig aka “Zen Jen”
Tags: #HSCT, #HSCTwarriors, #autoimmunedisease, #RRMS, #HSCTsnowflakes, #HSCTsuperpowers

recording in progress…

… we are continuing work this month to record new episodes reflecting some exciting new journeys. We hope you’ll join us in revisiting episodes from Season 1 while we await Season 2. Thank you for your patience!

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Be kind, be well, and stay tuned!

Calling all warriors…

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As we continue working on new episodes, we are looking to talk with more autoimmune warriors, caregivers, and others – affected by or interested in – the haematopoietic stem cell transplant (HSCT). If you would be willing to share your experience with HSCT, we would love to talk with you!

Reach out to schedule an interview with Zen Jen today!

HSCT Warriors Podcast Ep. 12

Warrior: Kevin

Snowflake: Multiple Sclerosis
HSCT: April 2016, Raffles Medical Center, Singapore
Superpower: Novena to St. Jude

When facing the unknown, are you curious about possibilities or do you fear uncertainties? What is the part of your journey that has become too familiar? How can we support each other to mobilize for different outcomes?

If you’ve ever been curious to know more about potential complications or side effects associated with HSCT, meet Kevin, who faced nearly any possible challenge you could possibly face (e.g. failed mobilization, infection in the blood) with HSCT, including travel across the globe to Singapore. Despite facing such significant challenges, tune in to learn more about Kevin’s journey to halt his MS and his continued dedication to recover his physical abilities, and promote HSCT.

Be sure to visit our website, HSCTWarriorsPodcast.com where you can find notes from today’s episode, submit ideas or feedback, and access the latest HSCT research and resources. Special thanks to musical genius Billy Alletzhauser for sharing his superpowers to create the soundtrack, edit, and perfect the audio to make this podcast possible. You can find us both when you subscribe on SoundCloud, iTunes or wherever you find your podcasts.

Take a moment to leave a review because your feedback will help to develop even better episodes, and your ratings will help other people find the show. Tune in next Wednesday for a brand new episode, highlighting another HSCT Warrior. Until then, be a snowflake and embrace your superpowers.  Be kind. Be well.

Hosted by: Dr. Jen Stansbury Koenig aka “Zen Jen”
Tags: #HSCT, #HSCTwarriors, #autoimmunedisease, #MultipleSclerosis, #MSWarrior #HSCTsnowflakes, #HSCTsuperpowers

Resources:

Raffles Medical Center, Singapore: rafflesmedicalgroup.com
Ohio Facebook group: facebook.com/groups/OhioHSCTgroup/

Zen Jen’s blog: Haltmyms.com

WCPO Cincinnati ABC affiliate: wcpo.com

HSCT Warriors Podcast Ep. 11

Warriors: “Zen” Jen & Sara Leah

Snowflake: RRMS
HSCT: October 18, 2017, Northwestern Memorial Hospital
Superpower: Zen

Do you embrace life’s challenges with open arms? One step at a time? As you find your way along your journey, do you pause to reflect in the moment and express gratitude for those who are along with you?

Learn more about the journey of our very own “Zen” Jen, as she shares the mic for a chat with her dear friend Sara Leah and they find commonalities in their unique experiences with MS. With a fun break from the usual interview protocol, enjoy this conversation from the lens of someone curious to know more about HSCT, and in celebration of Jen’s one-year HSCT birthday.

Special thanks to musical genius Billy Alletzhauser for sharing his superpowers to host this interview live in the Belfry; especially for his efforts to create the soundtrack, record, edit, and perfect the audio to make this podcast possible. You can find us both when you subscribe on SoundCloud, iTunes or wherever you find your podcasts.

Take a moment to leave a review because your feedback will help to develop even better episodes, and your ratings will help other people find the show. Tune in next Wednesday for a brand new episode, highlighting another HSCT Warrior. Until then, be a snowflake and embrace your superpowers.  Be kind. Be well.

Hosted by: Dr. Jen Stansbury Koenig aka “Zen Jen”
Tags: #HSCT, #HSCTwarriors, #autoimmunedisease, #MultipleSclerosis, #MSWarrior #HSCTsnowflakes, #HSCTsuperpowers

Resources:
haltmyms.com
hsctwarriorspodcast.com
HSCT at Hoxworth Blood Center, University of Cincinnati
HSCT at Clinica Ruiz, Puebla Mexico

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HSCT Warriors Podcast Ep. 10

Warrior: Cecilia

Snowflake: RRMS
HSCT: July 11, 2018, Northwestern Memorial Hospital
Superpower: Connections

How positive is your outlook? How empowered do you feel by your faith and innate resilience? When life seems scattered like a puzzle, how do your pieces fit together?

Tune in to learn more about how Cecilia embraces a positive mindset, regular mantras, and her lens of love to face any challenge that presents itself. Within the first six months post-HSCT, Cecilia has found strength in physical therapy, resilience in connections and sharing her experiences, and even found the balance to get back to work part-time.  

Be sure to explore our website, HSCTWarriorsPodcast.com where you can find notes from today’s episode, submit ideas or feedback, listen to more episodes, and access the latest HSCT research and resources. Special thanks to musical genius Billy Alletzhauser for sharing his superpowers to create the soundtrack, edit, and produce the audio to make this podcast possible. You can find us both when you subscribe on SoundCloud, iTunes or wherever you find your podcasts.

Take a moment to leave a review because your feedback will help to develop even better episodes, and your ratings will help other people find the show. Tune in next Wednesday for a brand new episode, highlighting another HSCT Warrior. Until then, be a snowflake and embrace your superpowers.  Be kind. Be well.

Hosted by: Dr. Jen Stansbury Koenig aka “Zen Jen”
Tags: #HSCT, #HSCTwarriors, #autoimmunedisease, #RRMS, #HSCTsnowflakes, #HSCTsuperpowers

Resources:
Affirmations by Louise Hay


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HSCT Warriors Podcast Ep. 09

Warrior: Anna

Snowflake: RRMS
HSCT: February 23, 2017, Northwestern Memorial Hospital
Superpower: Running  

How bright is the light you shine on your present situation? What are you committed to, without any doubts or hesitation, to achieve your “next best life”?

After hearing a “no” from her first attempt at HSCT, Anna remained open to try anything (including experimenting with mesenchymal stem cell therapy) to cure her MS. She found herself on Medicare and full-time disability for two years at the end of her late-thirties, so after failing four disease-modifying therapies (DMT) and facing the side-effects of yet another DMT, Anna chose to jump at the chance to revisit her application at Northwestern Memorial.

Tune in to hear more about Anna’s journey with Multiple Sclerosis and the effort she made to prevent her disease from progressing; the “rollercoaster” peaks and valleys of post-HSCT recovery; strategies to battle the chemotherapy-related fatigue, regain confidence, and embrace energy from physical exercise in simple environments; and pursue the best life possible.  

Be sure to explore our website, HSCTWarriorsPodcast.com where you can find notes from today’s episode, submit ideas or feedback, listen to more episodes, and access the latest HSCT research and resources. Special thanks to musical genius Billy Alletzhauser for sharing his superpowers to create the soundtrack, edit, and produce the audio to make this podcast possible. You can find us both when you subscribe on SoundCloud, iTunes or wherever you find your podcasts.

Take a moment to leave a review because your feedback will help to develop even better episodes, and your ratings will help other people find the show. Tune in next Wednesday for a brand new episode, highlighting another HSCT Warrior. Until then, be a snowflake and embrace your superpowers.  Be kind. Be well.

Hosted by: Dr. Jen Stansbury Koenig aka “Zen Jen”
Tags: #HSCT, #HSCTwarriors, #autoimmunedisease, #RRMS, #HSCTsnowflakes, #HSCTsuperpowers

Resources:
Jesus Calling: Everyday Devotions by Sarah Young
Anna’s blog: https://endmyMS.com

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Special Episode 0A: Radically Rooted

Have you suddenly found yourself transformed, yet distracted by old habits or routines that don’t align with your transformation? Are you striving to find the mindset for self-care, compassion for yourself, empathy for others? Do you find anxiety or calm when you consider caregiving to support yourself or a loved one through the HSCT journey? Have you found yourself transformed by HSCT, though not quite sure how to support continued healing?  

Consider this special episode a “check-in” on our progress, awareness of where we’ve been and where we’re heading, reminders to meet ourselves where we are to practice acceptance and empathy, and awaken our capacity to heal at the cellular level…

It has been quite an honor to connect with the inspiring journeys of so many incredible people and I am beyond grateful for the opportunity to serve our community and help illuminate the invisibilities of autoimmune disease. Having reached nearly 4,000 people from at least 15 countries around the world, it is exciting to imagine the possibilities when we find growth and connection in our shared experiences.  

I’ve received feedback and requests for an episode to explain in detail, ‘What is HSCT?’ (quite simply, obliteration of a diseased immune system by chemotherapy followed by the introduction of one’s own stem cells that “reboot” the body to develop a new immune system free from diseased cells, understood further through research)… or episodes to explain what to expect when you show up for evaluation, or even mobilization…  

We hear these requests and while the protocols around the world for HSCT are unique, we acknowledge that uncertainty and unpredictability can be a tough experience for people to navigate. We hope to offer more specifics – developing new episodes with a panel of Warriors to answer your questions from multiple perspectives later this fall – and remain mindful that an underlying goal of this podcast is to develop collective intelligence. In order to develop collective knowledge and understanding of HSCT, it is imperative to keep communicating, listening, and sharing the unique stories that evidence strategies that work, and we hope to hear more from our listeners – always feel welcome to share your questions or feedback.  

I started this podcast to support individuals (veterans, hopefuls and caregivers) through the HSCT journey, lift up voices to illuminate invisibilities, and help us find commonality in our humanity along the journey of autoimmune disease. To lend a platform for HSCT Warriors to offer insights that create connections, reveal grace, promote wellness and cultivate well-being. To shine their light and share strategies that promote transformation, healing, and wellness. To help HSCT hopefuls and caregivers be inspired and know they are not alone. To inspire listeners to recognize the possibilities of a future free from disease progression, connect through our shared experiences, and advocate for an inclusive society…

Very much aligned with this vision, I am excited to announce the integration of various special episodes – this fall we will engage with a panel of HSCT Warriors to answer your direct questions, so be sure to submit any questions that you have about HSCT. We’re also introducing a series of intermittent new episodes designed to offer insight and connection by promoting radical healing and wellness.

Leading the way is Jessica Lichaa, founder of Solid Roots yoga studio in Lexington, Kentucky and creator of Radically Rooted: Embodied Yoga and Lifestyle, a training initiative offering a wealth of resources and practices to develop self-compassion and awaken the caregiving area of the brain; incorporate body-based self-care routines into daily life; awaken the somatic-sensory areas of the brain, and promote neuroplasticity to heal the damaged holding patterns of autoimmune disease.

Join us as Jessica shares more about her vision for Radically Rooted, how radical self-care practices can support HSCT veterans with continued healing, support HSCT hopefuls in their efforts to maximize health and wellness, and support HSCT caregivers to provide and nurture with compassion and empathy. Join us for a simple, guided self-care practice… tune in and expand your capacity to heal at the cellular level.

Take a moment to leave a review because your feedback will help to develop even better episodes, and your ratings will help other people find the show. Special thanks to musical genius Billy Alletzhauser for sharing his superpowers to create the soundtrack, edit, and perfect the audio to make this podcast possible. You can find us both when you subscribe on SoundCloud, iTunes or wherever you find your podcasts.

Stay tuned for another special episode highlighting another Radically Rooted embodied self-care practice… until then, be sure to listen next Wednesday for the journey of another HSCT Warrior. Until then, be a snowflake and embrace your superpowers.

Be kind. Be well.

Hosted by: Dr. Jen Stansbury Koenig aka “Zen Jen”

Tags: #HSCT, #warriors, #RadicallyRooted, #radicaltransformation, #embodiedselfcare #snowflakes, #superpowers

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HSCT Warriors Podcast Ep. 08

Warrior: Karin

Snowflake: Systemic Lupus
HSCT: December 10, 2015, Northwestern Memorial
Superpower: Empathy

Do you tend to put yourself last on your to-do list? Have you ever been at the point in your life when you realize, “This is for the birds!” or feel ready to get on with it [life] already?

Karin’s experience with Systemic Lupus left her bandaged and barely recognizable. Failed medication after another, she realized that her autoimmune disease was “for the birds.” Despite the fear of being away from her busy life for too long, Karin found herself tired of her disease and encourages listeners to “take care of number one first!”

Tune in to learn more about how Karin harnessed positive energy during HSCT and shifted to a new normal of patience, appreciation for the things she used to take for granted, and found strength to get back to work within just 2 months post-HSCT.

Be sure to visit our website, HSCTWarriorsPodcast.com where you can find notes from today’s episode, submit ideas or feedback, and access the latest HSCT research and resources. Special thanks to musical genius Billy Alletzhauser for sharing his superpowers to create the soundtrack, edit, and produce the audio to make this podcast possible. You can find us both when you subscribe on SoundCloud, iTunes or wherever you find your podcasts.

Take a moment to leave a review because your feedback will help to develop even better episodes, and your ratings will help other people find the show. Tune in next Wednesday for a brand new episode, highlighting another HSCT Warrior. Until then, be a snowflake and embrace your superpowers.  Be kind. Be well.

Hosted by: Dr. Jen Stansbury Koenig aka “Zen Jen”
Tags: #HSCT, #HSCTwarriors, #autoimmunedisease, #SystemicLupus, #HSCTsnowflakes, #HSCTsuperpowers

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HSCT Warriors Podcast Ep. 07

Warrior: Julie

Snowflake: RRMS
HSCT: February 19, 2018, Northwestern Memorial
Superpowers: Empathy and ability to “not sweat the small stuff”

Are you a goal-oriented person who likes to create plans and back-up plans to the plans for every aspect of life? Have your plans been significantly detoured by your experience with autoimmune disease?

As a young warrior with brilliant energy, Julie shines her light on the importance of managing stress in order to negotiate the realities of unpredictability. She very quickly realized the reality that as a progressive disease, MS created daily fear that “the next day could have been the day when I woke up and couldn’t walk again.” Within two short years of diagnosis in 2016, Julie felt completely defeated by MS until she embraced hope as a mantra to navigate life and hasn’t let it go throughout her HSCT journey. Tune in to learn more about Julie’s shifting perspectives and find wisdom that might take others a lifetime to learn.

Be sure to visit our website, HSCTWarriorsPodcast.com where you can find notes from today’s episode, submit ideas or feedback, and access the latest HSCT research and resources. Special thanks to musical genius Billy Alletzhauser for sharing his superpowers to create the soundtrack, edit, and produce the audio to make this podcast possible. You can find us both when you subscribe on SoundCloud, iTunes or wherever you find your podcasts.

Take a moment to leave a review because your feedback will help to develop even better episodes, and your ratings will help other people find the show. Tune in next Wednesday for a brand new episode, highlighting another HSCT Warrior. Until then, be a snowflake and embrace your superpowers.  Be kind. Be well.

Resources:

Blindsided, Richard Cohen
Chasing Hope, Richard Cohen
Julie’s blog: MakingSenseofMS.com
FB group: We’re F*%!^’in MS Warriors

Hosted by: Dr. Jen Stansbury Koenig aka “Zen Jen”
Tags: #HSCT, #HSCTwarriors, #autoimmunedisease, #RRMS, #HSCTsnowflakes, #HSCTsuperpowers

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HSCT Warriors Podcast Ep. 06

Warrior: Ron

Snowflake: RRMS
HSCT: May 6, 2017, Puebla, Mexico
Superpower: Advocacy for HSCT

Have you ever learned something that left you at a loss for words? Found yourself tied to the railroad tracks looking for a way to stop the oncoming train?

Meet Ron, a warrior who invested in the “short term pain for long term gain” of HSCT and found courage to face his fears, doubts, and misconceptions in order to commit to Clinica Ruiz in Puebla, Mexico. As an American citizen residing in Canada, he unexpectedly found an extended family and friends in Mexico.

Ron leaped into his journey without looking back, continues to grow his family by embracing a positive outlook, and focusing on the small things to appreciate in life. Tune in to hear Ron’s tips and tricks, encouragement to pursue objective research, and strategies to support a healthy outlook in recovery.

Special thanks to musical genius Billy Alletzhauser for sharing his superpowers to create the soundtrack, edit, and produce the audio to make this podcast possible. You can find us both when you subscribe on SoundCloud, iTunes or wherever you find your podcasts.

Take a moment to leave a review because your feedback will help to develop even better episodes, and your ratings will help other people find the show. Tune in next Wednesday for a brand new episode, highlighting another HSCT Warrior. Until then, be a snowflake and embrace your superpowers.  Be kind. Be well.

Resources:

Ron’s blog: ronniesmstrek.mozello.com
Heavy Metal testing: https://www.doctorsdata.com/urine-toxic-metals/

Hosted by: Dr. Jen Stansbury Koenig aka “Zen Jen”
Tags: #HSCT, #HSCTwarriors, #autoimmunedisease, #RRMS, #HSCTsnowflakes, #HSCTsuperpowers

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HSCT Warriors Podcast Ep. 05*

Warrior: Denise

Snowflake: Stiff Person Syndrome
HSCT: 9/12/17, Chicago
Superpower: Increased empathy

Have you ever found yourself distracted by concern for the people in your life that are stressed about your condition? Do you question whether the resources you find when researching your condition are of comparable quality to the resources your doctors can access? Have you learned how to embrace the courage to make your own decisions in healthcare?  

Be inspired to take charge of your health when you meet Denise, a warrior who tapped into her 35 years of service as a trauma-care nurse when diagnosed with Stiff Person Syndrome. Once she started researching the disease, eventual progression, treatment options (e.g. IVIG, plasmapharesis, valium) and their respective side-effects, she informed her neurologist that HSCT would be the only option forward she found to be acceptable.

Tune in to learn strategies for handling the logistics of HSCT, including the importance of building a strong support team, knowing your limits, and finding a purpose. Denise shares insights that help to promote her mental, emotional, and physical recoveries.

*Please forgive the muffled audio of the first few minutes… the home studio operator issues resolve at 8:40. Extra special thanks to musical genius Billy Alletzhauser for sharing his superpowers to create the soundtrack, edit, and produce the audio to make this podcast possible, as Jen continues to find her way with the studio equipment! You can find us both when you subscribe on SoundCloud, iTunes or wherever you find your podcasts.

Take a moment to leave a review because your feedback will help to develop even better episodes, and your ratings will help other people find the show. Tune in next Wednesday for a brand new episode, highlighting another HSCT Warrior. Until then, be a snowflake and embrace your superpowers.  Be kind. Be well.

Hosted by: Dr. Jen Stansbury Koenig aka “Zen Jen”
Tags: #HSCT, #HSCTwarriors, #autoimmunedisease, #stiffpersonsyndrome, #HSCTsnowflakes, #HSCTsuperpowers

Have you learned to embrace the courage to make your own decisions in healthcare?