Last week’s hot topic on multiple sclerosis was Andrea Kaiser Shares Her PPMS Journey Through to Stem Cell Therapy in Exclusive Interview written by Alisa Woods.
This article is about Andrea Perry Kaiser, a woman on a mission. The Long Beach, New York, resident is soon to undergo hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) for her multiple sclerosis (MS). Kaiser contacted Multiple Sclerosis News Today to chronicle her journey, both before and following the treatment.
Kaiser is skeptical of the reasons given by professionals in the United States for not allowing HSCT (a common treatment for bone marrow and blood cancers which is sometimes used to treat people with MS). The procedure, she agreed, is “very extreme and serious.” But, she said, “MS is not a fatal disease, as cancer is, which is part of the reason doctors, in this lawsuit-happy country, won’t do it. It is not illegal, but it is not FDA approved. My attitude is: my body, my life, my choice.”
Multiple Sclerosis News Today will continue to follow Kaiser, and report on her experiences with HSCT and her progress.