Warrior: Steve Apperson
AI: Multiple Sclerosis
HSCT: April 9, 2015
Is there anything you can’t do? How often do you find time for reflection? How often do you have space to go within?
After initial symptoms that occurred years apart, when Steve found himself unable to run without foot drop after the same three miles, he consulted with his doctor and after a week, received the diagnosis of multiple sclerosis over the phone. He moved to action raising money and became a top fundraiser for the National MS Society as he found himself researching the possibility of HSCT because he felt worse taking the disease modifying therapies. Eventually deciding to pursue transplant in Moscow, Steve found a majority of his symptoms resolved post-transplant and shifted his focus of advocacy to supporting others and helping more people understand the possibility of HSCT.
Tune in to hear how Steve is doing now, seven years-post transplant. Be sure to visit our website, HSCTWarriorsPodcast.org where you can find notes from today’s episode, submit ideas or feedback, or connect with HSCT Warriors, Inc. and schedule time to “Talk with a Warrior”, find the latest research and resources, or explore the world map. Special thanks to musical genius Billy Alletzhauser for sharing his superpowers to produce the soundtrack, and engineer the audio to make this podcast possible. You can find us both when you subscribe on SoundCloud, iTunes or wherever you find podcasts.
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