NO ACTIVE MS! 6 months post transplant

I am happy to report that my six (6) month MRI shows no active disease!

So the wonderful HSCT treatment was successful in stopping my MS from attacking my brain! YAY! Although unfortunately, I am very aware that I do still have many lesions (scars) in my brain and spine.

Check out below one of my MRI slides of my adorable brain, the white parts are damaged bits:

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MRI slide of brain and spine
Irene Christis

I have been recovering since my mayoblative HSCT treatment that was performed at St Vincents Hospital in Sydney by the brilliant team under Dr Moore on 1 April 2015.

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Irene Christis

The treatment process and chemotherapy were ridiculously intense.

That was the most scariest, last best hope to treat my MS – quote from Babylon 5 come on I had to get my geek on 😉

Following a lengthy stay in Canberra Hospital that resulted from a significant MS attack leaving me immobile and unconsciousness. I was hovering around 9 on the below EDSS scale  graph. 10 is death.

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Expanded Disability Status Scale (EDSS)

The Expanded Disability Status Scale (EDSS) is a method of quantifying disability in multiple sclerosis and monitoring changes in the level of disability over time. It is widely used in clinical trials and in the assessment of people with MS.

I  knew that I had get up, move and work extremely hard to be able to meet the criteria for the Autologous Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant (HSCT) treatment.

I had to be 6 on graph and walk 100 meters. I started with small improvements from moving one toe to eventually walking with cruches.

I JUST KEPT BELIEVING THAT I COULD.

I have to say that the HSCT treatment  process was seriously terrifying, life changing and nessary for a chance of quality of life.

Currently I am keeping busy with lots of rehabilitation both physical, mental to remap my neurological paths…kind of like renetworking a computer system.

Plus many more medical appointments and a much needed mother daughter vacation!

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Mum and Erini on holiday

Back to reality doctors, medications, physiotherapists, acupuncture….blah blah. It’s all good, I’ll keep moving forward getting stronger and working on my showy off muscles 💪

Love Irene xxx

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Stem Cell Treatment for Irene Christis Elliott !!!

Yay let the next chapter begin!

I have been approved for Autologous Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant (HSCT) treatment in St Vincent ‘s hospital.

i have set the target for HSCT and mapped this journey for years.

My approach was always to never gave up, never surrender. As much as the destination seemed unachievable, I just kept going and always regularly reviewed my path toward the target.

This next part of this journey is going to be rough but there is hope.

I am staring the first round of chemo and stem cell collection in December 2014, with the massive chemo session planned in January 2015.

For now I am still learning the walking bit – keep reading my blog during this
Life changing treatment.

Love Erini xx