Stem cell therapy patient, Shelley Sims, discusses her improvements following stem cell therapy at the Stem Cell Institute in Panama City, Panama. Shelley has reduced her medications from thirteen to two. She reports significantly decreased fatigue that has enabled her to start playing racquetball with her son as well as coach his basketball team – things she could never do before stem cells.
Relapsing remitting MS patient, David Oliver, shares his story of recovery and hope following stem cell therapy at the Stem Cell Institute in Panama City, Panama. David explains how he’s gone from not being able to get up from the couch to being drug-free and “back 100%” from multiple sclerosis.
I was diagnosed with MS in March of 2006. I was in the best shape of my life and training for the Los Angeles City Fire Department. Then, in one day…..my life drastically changed. My symptoms started with right optic neuritis and fatigue. I was fortunate to be correctly diagnosed in only 4 days and began treatment immediately.
“In short….I’ve got my life back….my kids have their dad back……and my wife has the man she knew before this terrible disease changed our lives”
I used Copaxone injections along with a number of different medications for energy, which none of them seemed to work. After my first treatment with steroids, the optic neuritis subsided, but the fatigue continued to increase. For the next three years, my days consisted mostly of sleeping on the couch and no energy to accomplish simple daily tasks. After hearing about a friend of mine having the stem cell treatment and the wonderful results, I didn’t hesitate to contact the ICM clinic and booked my airline flight. I arrived in Costa Rica on June 20th, 2009 and settled in for my two weeks of treatment. My family joined me and we had a chance to do some great sight seeing before my first day of treatment. The next two weeks flew by and my treatment was wonderful. The doctors and staff were so great and very professional. The facility was beautiful and spotless. I finished my treatment and arrived home on July 4th. Independence Day in more ways than one for me. As of now, I have been back from my treatment for over 16 months and have been feeling fantastic. My fatigue had started to diminish right after my treatment was completed and improved on a weekly basis. I started an exercise program as soon as I got back and have steadily increased the intensity. I am back to 100% !!! I can do heavy workouts. I do three mile runs in 30 minutes and I’ve even done a 30 mile ride on my indoor cycle.
In short….I’ve got my life back….my kids have their dad back……and my wife has the man she knew before this terrible disease changed our lives.
As I tell others I meet with MS……..don’t wait! The longer you wait for treatment, the more time you give MS to continue damaging your body.
Multiple Sclerosis forced SWAT officer, Jason Upshaw to be house bound due to paralysis. Mr. Upshaw discusses how stem cell therapy at the Stem Cell Institute in Panama, has enabled him to reclaim his gun and badge.
Judi Lecoq discusses how multiple sclerosis took her from working and playing guitar to walking with a cane and preparing to order a scooter. Then she shares how stem cell therapy at the Stem Cell Institute in Panama have given her back her life.
Judi’s Story – from www.judilecoq.com
Six Month Update:
We have made it to the half-year point! I completed my initial Stem Cell Transplant just over 6 months ago. My blog has chronicled the entire journey; before, during and after.
As I prepare to return to Panama and The Stem Cell Institute for my second Stem Cell Transplant, it is incredibly important to acknowledge the repairs that have resulted from the first Transplant.
Before the transplant I walked with a cane, was able to stand on my legs for only a few minutes at a time, needed to sit most of the time and had ordered a power chair. I also had a nagging pain under my right foot, was too uncoordinated to play my guitar well (note the “Today” video) and really profound…my bladder was shot, kaput, finished.
Now, 6 months after the Transplant, I walk without a cane, can stand for hours on my legs, the pain under my right foot is gone, I am playing my guitar again and AMAZING…my bladder is fixed!
I must say that my walking is not perfect and my balance needs repair too, but I am confident that another Transplant will help. Each time that Stem Cells are delivered to my nerves, I will see repair…this I know.
The video news video above was recorded the 7th of January, 2011. My last day of the first treatment was the 9th of July, 2010. Thank you to Meredith Land of NBC-DFW. ~ Judi
After his multiple sclerosis diagnosis, renowned Texas high school football coach Sam Harrell had to stop coaching. Sam discusses how, with the aid of stem cell therapy, he’s fought back. Recently, he was able to travel to Super Bowl XLV where his son Graham suited up with the Green Bay Packers as backup quarterback.
“…after my third trip to Panama in September, my walking, my balance, and my stamina all improved dramatically”
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TUESDAY, APRIL 1, 2012
Great Day in Fort Worth for Stem Cell Team
We wanted to give the Stem Cell Institute a presence in that sea of MS victims and caregivers. I wish all of them knew that many of us in those blue t-shirts were there walking, actually completing the whole mile, even though we were once unable to do such. I wanted to grab that microphone that the organizers were using and tell all of them “There is HOPE – it doesn’t have to be what you hear from your doctors so often. It can be more than ‘Let’s keep taking this medication so you might get worse at a slower rate’ ”
I personally never heard about the possibility of actually improving when I went to good doctors here in the US – but I chose to try the Stem Cell treatment in Panama, and I walked that mile on Saturday! A year ago, six months ago, I couldn’t have done that – but after my third trip to Panama in September, my walking, my balance, and my stamina all improved dramatically. And many of those in our group on Saturday have a similar story; some results more dramatic than others, but most all of us have seen and felt the changes that give us that Hope that all of those sufferers at the Walk are looking for.
THANKS STEM CELL INSTITUTE!
TUESDAY, JANUARY 17, 2012
In March 2011 when I returned from my second trip to Panama (my last blog), I soon had a MS relapse. It was the biggest setback I had experienced since my diagnosis. I spent a week in the hospital in Dallas and had numbness from my toes to my chest. When I got home, I was better – the steroids had made the numbness go down to just my lower legs, but I was practically home bound – used a walker or cane most of the time and spent most hours sitting in a chair at home – feeling like this was going to be my lifestyle for the rest of my days!
Even after going to physical therapy and doing everything I was supposed to be doing, my progress was minimal. I was fitted with a brace for my left leg to help the foot drop that was causing me to stumble. My mobility was very limited and I needed help getting most anywhere. I could not hold my new grandson unless I was sitting down, and I couldn’t walk across the room without thinking about each move.
In September of 2011 I went back to Panama for a short visit to get what Dr. Paz called a “little booster.” My mom went with me for this third trip – we stayed in the hotel by the MultiPlaza mall and had a good time since it was mom’s first trip to Panama. But the best news was what happened once we returned.
I had begun a daily log of my condition weeks before I went to Panama – mainly measuring and logging my walking and mobility – here are the exact numbers leading up to my trip and once I got back – these numbers are coming straight from my calendar log – (on a scale of 1 – 10 – how well am I’m getting around):
7,8,6,7,7,8,7,8,8,6,6,6,7,8,7,7,8,8,8,8,8,8,7,7,7,7,8,8,8,7(end of Oct)
I know these numbers don’t mean a great deal to you, but they are huge to me – the difference in getting around at about a 5 compared to 7 & 8 is really big – numbers don’t do it justice. My mobility is MUCH improved – I don’t need the brace any longer, I walk like a normal person until I get tired, I can stay on my feet longer, I can jump rope again, I can stand and walk with my grandson in my arms, I don’t have to think to walk from one place to another, and even Kathy sees a huge difference (she has been a little hesitant about the good of stem cells).
So I am very excited and encouraged about my improvements. I can live a fairly normal life right now. And I don’t know if it’s the stem cells that made the difference or simply God’s grace and favor, but I do know it all happened right around the 3rd trip to Panama, so the stem cells had something to do with it. As I have said numerous times before, maybe God is using the stem cells to help me just as He used the Jordan River to heal Naaman’s leprosy after he dipped in it seven times.
But I do want to say this – all of these news shows (60 Minutes, 20/20, etc) coming from the US, that keep saying there are no benefits to stem cell treatments, are only showing you what the FDA and US drug companies want them to say. They have not talked to me, or Richard Humphries, or Preston Walker or many others who have seen dramatic results – we are not healed, but our quality of life is greatly improved and many people are witnessing it. (Now that I am better and getting out, people in town constantly say, “I can’t believe how well you look and how good you are doing.”)
Don’t listen to those media shows and don’t just listen to me – come see the difference!
Thanks again to all who have helped and have been encouraging in my quest to overcome this disabling disease. I encourage all of you to take your health issues into your own hands – be pro-active. What do you have to lose? Many of you may be thinking just like I was – if I do nothing, I know where I will be in 3 years.
One last bit of information – the clinic in Panama is having good but maybe mixed results with MS treatments, but they are whipping, yes whipping, arthritis! If you have a friend or loved one who is dealing with arthritis and the doctors here have said, “your only hope of being mobile again is knee replacements and/or hip replacements”, then you owe it to your friend or yourself to call me or get in touch with the stem cell clinic. What do yo have to lose? There are no side effects or dangers to stem cell treatments. Do it today!
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Sam Harrell shares son’s Super Bowl XLV moment
VYPE MAGAZINE – Dallas
By Bill Jones
CBS 11/TXA 21
A little more than two years after throwing one of the most dramatic game-winning touchdown passes in college football history in Texas Tech’s last second win over Texas in 2008, Graham Harrell was on football’s biggest stage during Super Bowl week in Arlington.
As the third string quarterback for the Green Bay Packers, he was just 40 miles away from his hometown of Ennis. And his father, former Ennis Lions head coach Sam Harrell, couldn’t contain his excitement, exclaiming, “All of a sudden, they win the NFC championship, and they’re coming all the way back to Dallas!”
“After all those times I experienced with Dad through high school,” recalled Graham, “then you get to come home and be in a Super Bowl. It’s special because there’s no telling how much longer he’s going to be able to come to football games.”
That’s because 54-year old Sam Harrell has multiple sclerosis, an autoimmune disease that affects the central nervous system. Diagnosed with the disease five years ago, Harrell was forced to retire from coaching last year after 16 years and three state championship seasons at Ennis High School.
“All of a sudden, you get stuck with a disease that changed your whole life really,” Sam Harrell said, “and then I started wondering, golly, what kind of dad am I going to be? What kind of granddad am I going to be? Can I even get up and play ball with them?”
Graham said the only thing tougher for his father than telling his family he had the disease was when he informed them last year that he was going to have to give up coaching.
“He loves high school football,” Graham said. “He loves football in general but high school, he feels like he can really touch and influence kids. He just has a passion for coaching high school football.”
The Harrell family is deeply rooted in the very heart of Texas high football. Sam’s father was an assistant on the legendary Gordon Wood’s coaching staff at Brownwood. Sam played quarterback at Brownwood High School in the 1970s and also became one of Wood’s assistant coaches.
After a head coaching stint at Reagan County, Harrell took over at Ennis in 1994. All three of Harrell’s sons played roles in the Lions’ three state championship seasons. The mastermind of one of the most prolific offensive attacks in Texas high school history, Sam Harrell was one of the first coaches to employ a no-huddle spread offense.
Playing for his father, Graham broke virtually every Texas high school passing record, but it’s his dad’s positive attitude while dealing with this debilitating disease that impresses him most. “He’s unbelievable,” Graham said. “A lot of times I wonder how he’s doing. I’m so far away from him. And then you talk to him, and you’d think he’s just fine.”
“You can’t imagine someone having that positive attitude having that disease,” said Highland Park football coach Randy Allen, who coached with Harrell in Brownwood. “He’s very optimistic, and he’s doing better.”
Harrell’s doing better because of stem cell transplants he underwent last summer in Panama. He’s heading back there for another round of treatments in March. Still employed as Ennis ISD’s Career and Technology Education Director, Sam says his health is much improved compared to a year ago.
“That stem cell treatment stuff is expensive, and we couldn’t afford it,” Harrell said as he walked with a slight limp on the Ennis campus last month. “The coaches across the whole state of Texas were just unbelievably kind and generous.”
“Hopefully, the stem cells will continue to help him, and he’ll be able to come as long as I play,” Graham said during Super Bowl Media Day at Cowboys Stadium. “MS can attack you in a hurry. In a couple of years, he may never be able to come to a game again, but my first year I land in a Super Bowl, and he’s able to come because it’s right here in Dallas. It’s going to be such an awesome experience.”
Not only Sam Harrell, but also Graham’s mother Kathy, and his two brothers, Zac and Clark, were at Cowboys Stadium as the Packers won Super Bowl XLV. But none in the crowd of 103,000 spectators was as happy to be there as Sam.
“It brings back memories of him playing so many games at Texas Stadium and being part of the Ennis Lions there,” Sam reflected, “and then how many great places he got play at while he was at Texas Tech and now getting to do it at the biggest stage there is. It reminds us we’re awfully blessed.”
It’s a family blessed with a faithful, positive spirit equipped to take on life’s toughest challenges, and now proud possessors of a Super Bowl ring to go alongside all that high school championship hardware.
Shirley Wigfall shares her success story. Shirley was diagnosed relapsing remitting multiple sclerosis in 2003 after having trouble walking. After MS drugs were unsuccessful and she was rejected for clinical trials, Shirley found the Stem Cell Institute. Shirley no longer needs a cane to walk and credits stem cells for “truly changing her life”.
A Different Approach
Sergeant Preston Walker
Courtesy Sergeant Preston Walker
After undergoing conventional therapy for MS for several years, Fort Worth police sergeant Preston Walker learned about a new therapy for autoimmune disorders. Researchers were utilizing adult stem cells derived from cord blood at The Institute of Cellular Medicine in Costa Rica. Walker inquired about the potential of using stem cells for multiple sclerosis.
“We knew that if the treatment worked, the potential benefits for multiple sclerosis patients could be limitless,” says Walker.
Dr. Neil Riordan, CEO of the Institute, suggested a therapy under consideration – using stem cells derived from a patient’s fat tissue. In May 2008, Walker flew to the clinic where doctors removed samples of his abdominal fat through a mini-liposuction, drawing out stem cells, which were later re-injected. According to Dr. Riordan, Walker and a colleague were the first to undergo this treatment protocol. “My quality of life has improved significantly,” Walker told the Post. “The problems with depression, fatigue, and balance have been corrected. I feel really good.”
In June 2009, Walker, who continues to take Avonex as a maintenance drug, plans a return trip to Costa Rica for a “tune-up,” as he puts it. “I’m curious to see if they can further improve my cognitive abilities.”
Fox 4 News: A Fort Worth police officer has returned from Central America after having a cutting edge medical procedure to help cure his multiple sclerosis. Last year we told you about Sergeant Preston Walker tonight Larry Barriger updates us on how he is feeling following his stem cell transplant.
Sergeant Preston Walker has always been active. With a demanding job at the Fort Worth Police Department, a wife, and young children, he doesn’t have time to slow down. But about 8 years ago he didn’t have a choice. MS started taking a toll making him limp when he walked, fatigue easily, even everyday conversation was a chore.
“I can sit here and talk but trying to come up with actual words to say and really construct a sentence that people would understand was sometimes very difficult.”
Medicine helped keep the disease in remission but Preston wanted more. A chance for a cure.
“I wasn’t prepared to just let it stay in remission without me trying to do something, especially if there is an option out there to address it.”
Sergeant Walker was initially planning to have his treatment done in China but he says the political situation seemed unstable, so he started looking online. He found another center that was doing adult stem cell treatment in Central America.
The procedure, a stem cell transplant was expensive but last October police officers from Fort Worth and Dallas teamed up to help raise money for the trip and the treatment. Last March Preston and fellow MS patient Richard Humphries flew to the Institute for Cellular Medicine, both underwent a stem cell transplant, a cutting edge medical procedure not approved in the US. Both took a risk on such a new treatment, both said they have seen marked improvement.
“I haven’t felt this good in 10 years. I don’t have any of the fatigue issues, all of the cognitive lack of clarity, that cloud has been lifted.”
Walker says doctors at the Institute will be keeping up with him and Richard over the coming months and years to determine how successful the treatment was. He is hoping his improvements last and that the research leads to a cure for his and other’s multiple sclerosis.
It seems like a pretty simple task for a police officer just sitting and working on a computer. Just a couple of years ago, multiple sclerosis made that almost impossible for Fortworth Police Officer Preston Walker. New at 6 CBS 11’s Joe Thomas says Walker credits friends for recovery some feel is a miracle.
A year ago Preston Walker did not think he’d still be in uniform. Walker found out he has multiple sclerosis. He suffered chronic fatigue and began losing use of his legs.
I felt like my cognition was really declining at a rapid pace. I really felt if I made it through the end of the year, last year, I probably wouldn’t be employed any longer because the cognition just wasn’t there.
His fellow police officers held a hockey-game fundraiser to help him afford a revolutionary treatment. Walker and another MS patient, Richard Humphreys, went to Costa Rica. For the first time ever, doctors took samples of their fat, drew stem cells from it, and reinjected it. Their symptoms nearly vanished.
I’ll suffer from any of those symptoms that we talked about, the depression, the fatigue, the little cognitive cloud. I mean it’ll still hit occasionally, but its no where near every day or every moment of every day like it was.
If we or somebody doesn’t become a guinea pig, then how can that benefit others?
They led the way to a treatment that is now helped ease the suffering of dozens of others. Joel Thomas, CBS 11 News.
“It was a great experience with a fantastic pay off. I highly recommend this program to anyone in need.”
Hi, my name is Mary and I am an adult stem cell recipient. I can honestly say, now, after the procedure, the program was well worth every penny, and more. The four week stay was well organized, structured, and preformed in a timely manor. It was a very intense program of stem cell therapy and physical therapy. But, I feel every minute of every intense workout was desperately needed if there was to be any improvement. The medical staff was very knowledgeable and professional. The hospital, equipment, and procedure were all very state of the art technology. Almost everyone spoke English, so there was never a communication problem. I felt very safe in the country and in the whole program. In my case, I can walk, talk, sleep without pills, and many more improvements. I definitely received for more than the 5% improvements I was expecting. I still have some problems but the improvements by far out weigh the problems. This was the greatest decision I have ever made. I have no regrets. No one ever told me stem cells were a “cure” and in some cases there has been very little to no improvement. But if I had not of taken the chance of maybe getting 5% improvement, I would not be experiencing all the blessings I have now. It was a great experience with a fantastic pay off. I highly recommend this program to anyone in need.
“I would recommend this treatment to anyone who has been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis.”
“I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 2006. I was very scared when I found this out. My walking gradually became more impaired. I was dragging my left leg, and my balance was very bad. Some days I would be in a wheelchair. I have tried all the therapies including: Rebif, Tysabri and Avonex. Tysabri worked the best, but I was afraid of adverse side effects. I’ve heard many successful stories about stem cell treatment. I was recommended by the Physician I work for to contact the Stem Cell Institute. At first, I was leery about doing the treatment, but without many other options, I didn’t have a choice. I visited the Stem Cell Institute on May 31,2010. I was very impressed by the staffs’ caring attitude. Everybody was phenomenal. I completed the two week treatment including spinal injections and physical therapy. Although I first thought the treatment wasn’t effective, I am doing much better now. My balance is a lot better, and I am no longer dragging my leg. I have more energy and I am less fatigued at the end of the day. I am continuing to get better each day. Ultimately, I feel the treatment was a success, and I am very appreciative of the medical professionals who were involved in my treatment. I would recommend this treatment to anyone who has been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis.”
“He is able to take a few steps unassisted. Walker and wheelchair are now reserved for outings.”
“This is to let you know that Tosin Ajayi is doing much better. The second treatment received in January was very productive. It seems to be more effective than the first one. The quantity of cells received could (be) a factor. I started to observe changes within a week and the improvements have continued. Plus there were no side effects. His energy level is up and he is better able to care for himself. There is improvement in his speech, coordination and walking. He no longer uses walking aids in the house. He is able to take a few steps unassisted. Walker and wheelchair are now reserved for outings. I pray for continued progress and improvement in other symptoms that are yet to change.
We thank you very much. Please extend our gratitude and appreciation to Drs. Lara and Tomas.”