Reading Reaction

That pictures speak louder than words may in fact be true.  The video of my bone marrow aspiration screamed, watch me.   Certainly it was  more interesting than anything I have to say.  Marrow was sucked from my breastbone because bone marrow and blood are a storehouse for viable stem cells.  Months ago, I did not know that and learned only as I traveled the stem cell highway.

I am reasonably certain most people have no idea how stem cell therapy is done, either .  The aspiration procedure appeared grim.  It was not.   Pressure and pain are very different.   We tend to think of stem cell therapy in future terms, unaware that increasingly  these space age medical procedures exist in the present tense.   Were folks drawn to the moving pictures to be horrified?  I confess that thought did occur to me.  It did not look like fun.

Actually, it was not fun, but was not horrible.

What individuals seem to have taken from the post is hope.  That is pretty cool.  Those who suffer serious sickness long for something to hold onto.  There can be a port in the storm of sickness.  The possibility that even while  being saddled with a chronic condition, health can improve brings a warm sunrise to a difficult life.  Illness drives optimism from the soul.  Rekindling the fires of that hope is difficult.

I love what people had to say.  From Sandy:  “Thank you for sharing your journey and battle. I am my husband’s caregiver and hope is desperately needed in battling this disease. He’s now in a wheelchair but continues to fight.”  I don’t want to sound self-serving.   This is not about me.

There is a palpable need loose in the land.    People face poverty and deprivation for which there is no broad agreement on how to fix a failing system.  That is sad.  The sick have our own needs.  Stem cell therapy is not a quick fix.  We are at the starting line, and it is too soon to draw conclusions about saving the sick.  But who can be against stem cell therapy?   I believe it is the future.

I am moved by ethe many expressions of hope.



6 Responses to Reading Reaction

  1. Elizabeth Lyons December 19, 2013 at 8:11 pm #

    Hello Mr. Cohen:

    I’m very happy for you that you are able to participate in the stem cell therapy trial and I truly hope it goes well for you. In the past, I volunteered with the organization, Texans for Stem Cell Therapy, and recently checked into stem cell therapy for my husband’s neuropathy pain. I’m looking forward to reading more posts about your experience.

    I cannot imagine what it would be like to go through life with a chronic illness and I am constantly surprised by the fortitude and hope shown by friends and family members who have been diagnosed with MS especially considering a promising treatment is not available for all. Hopefully, you will experience positive results, thus paving the way for possible approval for the FDA.

    Best wishes,

    • Richard M. Cohen December 20, 2013 at 1:18 pm #

      I have a great life and cannot complain too much. But life can be tough. Almost half of us have at least one chronic illness. We share a stake in more research.


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