Meet Felicia and learn how she fought against the odds and COVID to pursue HSCT (Ep. 54)

Warrior: Felicia Merritt
AI: Progressive Multiple Sclerosis
HSCT: August 2020
Superpower: Feeling invincible

Have you ever suddenly realized just how much you were taking for granted? Have you been able to find internal strength? What about internal peace?

Shortly after turning 30, Felicia began experiencing vision issues and weakness. Following an intense crossfit workout, Felicia hoped she could laugh things off until she checked herself into the hospital. Her doctors referred her to Ohio State University and once surrounded by a medical team for a few days, Felicia was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2018. 

Tune in to learn more about HSCT despite COVID and details about the level of detail, treatment and care Felicia received at Clinica Ruiz, and all that she has gained in just the first couple of weeks post-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. and schedule time 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 please reach out if you’re interested in sharing your story. We would love to learn how the podcast has helped your journey with autoimmune disease so if you could take a moment, 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.

Resources:
Facebook blog page

Catch-up with Marlo, an HSCT hopeful who persevered despite a super twisted path to HSCT

Warrior: Marlo Kalb
AI: Relapsing Remitting Multiple Sclerosis
HSCT: 9.30.19
Superpower: confidence to fight back

When you encounter setbacks, how do you find your way forward? What are the skills required to persist and persevere? How will you face the many curves that lie ahead?

Diagnosed at just 13 years old, Marlo found herself eager for HSCT after doing research and listening to this podcast. First interviewed as a HSCT Hopeful during Season 2, Marlo shared her journey in anticipation to become the first person transplanted at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. After facing administrative issues, delays, and opinions not favoring her candidacy for HSCT, tune in to learn more about how Marlo faced the multiple twists and turns that eventually led her to Clinica Ruiz.

Join us in celebrating Marlo’s one-year stem-cell birthday and how HSCT has impacted her after spending 13 years living with MS.

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. and schedule time 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 please reach out if you’re interested in sharing your story. We would love to learn how the podcast has helped your journey with autoimmune disease so if you could take a moment, 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.

Resources:
Clinica Ruiz
HSCT Warriors, Inc.

Support HSCT hopeful DeWayne, as he becomes the first autoimmune transplant in Cleveland (Ep. 52)

Warrior: DeWayne Durr
AI: Relapsing Remitting Multiple Sclerosis
HSCT: scheduled for September, 2020
Superpower: prayer and understanding

How comfortable are you with difficult or impossible situations? How direct are you about the care you receive from your doctors? When faced with the chance of being randomly assigned to receive HSCT, would you feel conflicted?

After DeWayne researched the disease modifying therapies available to him, he chose to clean up his diet and forgo drugs, as he had also researched HSCT and barely missed the chance to be treated by Dr. Burt in Chicago before he closed the clinical trial. Tune in to hear more about how DeWayne advocated for consideration to be considered for the BEAT-MS trial at the Cleveland Clinic and the winding path to get there despite other doctors’ opinions, the details of participating in the clinical trial, and COVID. 

Tune in and learn more about how DeWayne managed to secure insurance coverage and approval to be the first patient to be treated at Cleveland Clinic off-trial for multiple sclerosis. 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. and schedule time 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 please reach out if you’re interested in sharing your story. We would love to learn how the podcast has helped your journey with autoimmune disease so if you could take a moment, 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.

Resources:
Wahl’s Protocol
Rooftop Prayer Warriors

Check-in with Ron along his recovery rollercoaster and be inspired with positivity and perseverance

Warrior: Ron Gabrielli
AI: Multiple Sclerosis
HSCT: 5/6/17
Superpower: Hope

How inspired are you to help others? How important are caregivers in your journey with disease?

After enjoying such an incredible experience at Clinica Ruiz, Ron and his wife have spent countless hours connecting with individuals to answer questions and share support to help people make informed decisions about HSCT. While all Ron cares about is paying forward the support he received in his experience, he joins so many others post-HSCT who question the systems that keep HSCT out of reach for so many. 

Tune in and learn more about the various strategies that Ron has tried out during his three plus years of recovery, how he managed to check his pride, and all the hope he holds on to as he continues reconciling with the realities of recovery. 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. and schedule time 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 please reach out if you’re interested in sharing your story. We would love to learn how the podcast has helped your journey with autoimmune disease so if you could take a moment, 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.

Resources: 
Tao Patch
Ex N Flex

Learn more from Chelsey about her solo-trek to Moscow and efforts to move, live, and prosper

Warrior: Chelsey Bell
AI: RRMS
HSCT: 7/11/18
Superpower: Self awareness

How often do you find time to reflect on what works for your body? Are you able to truly appreciate time with yourself? How does it feel to connect with someone else over commonalities?

Sharing insights to her solo experience getting to Moscow, Chelsey offers so much inspiration for the importance of mindset, taking time to figure out what works, and finding lessons from her younger self, and accepting challenges without holding on to frustration. With updates on her fundraising experience and securing an Alinker to promote her recovery, Chelsey shares an abundance of wisdom and resources.

Tune in to hear more about Chelsey’s journey to Moscow for HSCT and how she is faring after two years post-transplant. 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. and schedule time 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 please reach out if you’re interested in sharing your story. We would love to learn how the podcast has helped your journey with autoimmune disease so if you could take a moment, 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.

Resources:
Eye mask
The Alinker
Move, Live, Prosper

Welcoming Season 5 with our dear friend, Ali Strong (Ep. 47)

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

Have you experienced pain so severe it has robbed you of living? How do you find courage?  What choices can you make each day?

S5 Welcome Ali

Our season openers would not be the same without checking in with Ali Strong about her experiences post-HSCT with diet and nutrition, exercise, mindset, wellness, and personal challenges to continue promoting wellness, healing and longevity. Based on Ali’s experience with multiple sclerosis that included eleven years of digestive disruption, we discuss preparing for HSCT through diet and developing a healthy mindset. Join us for this informative, authentic, and engaging dialog 

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. and schedule time 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 please reach out if you’re interested in sharing your story. We would love to learn how the podcast has helped your journey with autoimmune disease so if you could take a moment, 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.
Resources:
Genomic sequencing: https://yourgenomicresource.com/

HSCT Warriors Podcast · Welcoming Season 5 with our dear friend, Ali Strong (Ep. 47)

Celebrate scleroderma awareness and revisit our chat with Meghan (replay from S4)

Warrior: Meghan Newell Davis
AI: Scleroderma
HSCT: 1/22/19 at Duke University
Superpower: Unbreakable

Have you ever watched a doctor google your symptoms to find help? How often do you take the little things in life for granted? As you move through life, do you take caution not to ‘poke the bear’?

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Celebrating a son just one year younger than her new immune system, Meghan offers our listeners a glimpse into life with a very aggressive form of scleroderma and her experience with HSCT at Duke University. The highly competitive-Ironman-Nutritionist suddenly found her body to be suddenly sore, stiffening and stonelike. As she continued struggling to hide invisible symptoms that were physically shutting down her body, she spent weeks visiting doctors, researching her symptoms, and experimenting with various alternative remedies to find some relief.

Tune in and hear more about the freight train that wrecked Meghan’s capacity to function in everyday life despite not looking sick. Once she was connected with a rheumatologist, Meghan finally had diagnoses of multiple autoimmune diseases and was fast-tracked to HSCT at Duke University. Through HSCT Meghan gained lifelong warrior friends and family, including her doctors, nurses and care team and shares so many valuable insights!

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. and schedule time 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 please reach out if you’re interested in sharing your story. We would love to learn how the podcast has helped your journey with autoimmune disease so if you could take a moment, 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:
Meghan’s race to HSCT
Meghan_fit4life on Instagram
Dr. Twining, Myrtle Beach
Dr. Baker Frost, Medical University of South Carolina

HSCT Warriors Podcast · Celebrate scleroderma awareness and revisit our chat with Meghan (replay from S4)

Revisit Barry’s journey to HSCT nearly twenty years later

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?

Replay Barry

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.

HSCT Warriors Podcast · Revisit Barry’s journey to HSCT nearly twenty-years later

Learn more from Chris about the challenges of CIDP and diagnosis by exclusion (replay from S2)

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?

Replay Chris

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/

HSCT Warriors Podcast · Learn more from Chris about the challenges of CIDP and diagnosis by exclusion (replay from S2)

Be inspired by Ahna’s journey to learn, grow, and adapt in life (replay from S3)

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?

Replay Ahna

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.