Uncovering faith with Ali Strong (Ep. 01)

Warrior: Ali
Snowflake: RRMS
HSCT: 11/6/17, Chicago
Superpower: Motivation

Have you ever found yourself on a road you’ve never been down before? Found strength to navigate a pathway that is far from straightforward? Uncovered faith where you never believed it could exist?

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Meet Ali, a warrior diagnosed with multiple sclerosis who “just doesn’t settle well for [being told] ‘there’s nothing left we can do’.” Before she received HSCT at Northwestern Memorial University, her biggest challenges with MS created extreme stomach issues that restricted her diet and for 11 years, she “couldn’t eat a single meal without getting sick.”

Through extensive research, Ali fought her fears of chemotherapy, connected with some beautiful souls, and found tremendous strength to power through an extraordinarily challenging HSCT experience. Her journey helped her shift from a life “which was just surviving” to embrace positivity, “what inspires and lights me on fire” without fear, and her unique law of attraction.

Tune in to hear Ali’s transformation as her story offers “hope to people struggling with autoimmune disease… to know that there’s an option out there… that [is] getting safer and safer all the time.” Ali offers brave inspiration in sharing a piece of the “bunnies and tiaras” warriors’ story, honoring her soul-sisters and the legacy of HSCT advocacy.

We all take the chance with HSCT because we believe that it is our only hope for a life free from progressive disease. This podcast is dedicated to all the warriors whose journey with HSCT ended too soon. We honor their advocacy, their legacies, and their spirits.

Special thanks to musical genius Billy Alletzhauser for sharing his superpowers to create the soundtrack, edit, and produce the audio to make this podcast possible. You can find us both when you subscribe on SoundCloud, iTunes or wherever you find your podcasts.

Take a moment to leave a review because your feedback will help to develop even better episodes, and your ratings will help other people find the show. Tune in next Wednesday for a brand new episode, highlighting another HSCT Warrior. Until then, be a snowflake and embrace your superpowers.  Be kind. Be well.

Hosted by: Dr. Jen Stansbury Koenig aka “Zen Jen”

Tags: #HSCT, #HSCTwarriors #autoimmunedisease, #RRMS, #HSCTsnowflakes, #HSCTsuperpowers

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Jen Stansbury Koenig and the producers disclaim medical influence and responsibility for any possible adverse effects from the use of information contained herein. If you think you have a medical problem, please contact a licensed physician immediately.



  1. Tears and prayers for Carol; Ali, Brandi and you Jen for your bravery and inspiration. Can’t wait for the next episode!

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  2. Jen, great first episode, it made me reflect back on my journey to this point. Although I have an issue with leg Spasticity this podcast made be look back on all the positives of HSCT. It’s easy to forget. We always seem to want more. Thank you to Ali, great learning

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