Just a quick post today, after missing several weeks – my annual trip to Florida and it’s subsequent week of recovery (did anyone even notice?). I’m off tomorrow for two days at The International MS Management Practice, or the Tisch MS Research Center of New York, or whatever they call themselves these days. From a few people I know of who are patients there, they specialize in out-of-the-box thinking about MS. I have been trying to keep my expectations in check, and at the very least, I am looking forward to telling my MS story to a new set of ears, and to hearing feedback from a new set of doctors. My son Benzo, dog Frodo, cat Toki and fish (?) are happy to be able to spend a few days together, reuniting the Pack.
It is also VERY impressive that the director of the MS Center, Dr. Saud Sadiq, is either still at The Vatican (of all places!), or just returned from there, delivering a report of his stem cell research to the Second International Adult Stem Cell Conference. As with many auto-immune diseases, the treatment of multiple sclerosis is pretty much a scatter-shot approach, “Let’s try this and see if it works.” One of the goals of the stem cell research at the Tisch Center is to be able to one day design treatments specifically suited to each individual patient, and hopefully find out how to someday eradicate Ms entirely. A lofty goal, but one I will happily lend whatever support I can to.
So, if nothing else, it’ll be a few days in NYC, a night in a hotel, and a visit with a high school pal. At best, I’ll come away, as others have, with a renewed hope for the future and an invigorated outlook.