One Year Later: Returning to NuTech for Booster Cells
This past June, 2011, I returned to NuTech in Delhi, India for more embryonic stem cell therapy. This time, I planned to stay one month instead of two, receiving stem cells as 'boosters' to my already one-year-old babies from last Summer.
I went back for many different reasons. I went back because I have invested a lot of emotional and financial resources into this treatment and it would be foolish not to see it through to its full-potential. I have always known that one treatment would probably not be enough. I went back because no other treatment has provided marked improvement with such mild side-effects. I went back because I didn't want to regret working so hard to get stem cells, only to let them die from Lyme disease before reaching their full potential.
I am still recovering, but I have not regressed.
Improvement is slow; much of my improvement is noticed by others around me more than by myself. While most doctors do not think the stem cells kill the Lyme bacteria, they believe that the stem cells may repair the immune system, nervous system, damaged muscle tissue and brain damage the disease has caused.
A friend of mine fractured her leg last year and also damaged a ligament in her knee. Her doctor told her that the ligament, with physical therapy twice-weekly, could take up to a year to heal. (A whole year for one injured ligament!) I thought to myself, "How can I expect stem cells to repair my damaged body after five years of infection in six months when my friend, without stem cells, will need a year for just her knee?"
It is only after I look back and review my medical records, journals, complaints and the way my life was can I see any improvements.
- My mind is sharp. Before, I lived in a fog.
- I am not tired all of the time. I used to barely make it until 3 p.m. before having to sit on the couch in a semi-dazed stupor.
- I haven't been really sick this year. Over the last few years, if I encountered someone with a cold, I got a raging infection; I caught Swine Flu; Strep-throat; Sinus infections; cold-sores surfaced every four months.
- Jaw pain. It is still there, but just barely.
- Sleep. I can sleep a full eight hours.
- Air-hunger. Gone.
- Heart-pounding. Only when I'm nervous!
People say I seem happier. I am glowing. I am nicer; I am doing more than just "getting by." I have found the love of my life, and one of the worst times of my life has also been one of the best times of my life. But this is not the cause of my happiness: this is the result.
Going to India gave me hope. But going to India was not the only thing that changed me. Somewhere along the line, I realized that my life could no longer be how I thought it should be; my life can only be how it is right now. I think the hardest part of being 'sick' is letting go of the life you think you are supposed to lead and the life you can lead. Life does not happen to everyone else; it happens to you. You have to be willing to change, to adapt. You have to make your own rules. This applies to everyone, but I think being 'sick' forces you to come to terms with it a little faster than others. I highly recommend the book How to be Sick by Toni Bernhard.
I am still in pain. My back still aches every day. My right knee still hurts.This is why I returned to India. I am still healing.
Stem cells work as a synergy with other treatments: physical therapy, diet, stress-management, antibiotics, etc. Just like a house does not get cleaner overtime, our health needs constant attention. Our minds may grow younger, but our bodies do not.