Meet Matt and be inspired to find peace of mind (Ep. 99)

Warrior: Matt LeFrance
AI: Multiple Sclerosis
HSCT: June-July 2022
Superpower: peace of mind

How do you know what to expect? From whom do you seek feedback? How do you decide to take the next step?

Diagnosed just after college at the young age of 25 when he experienced double vision and a variety of doctors had a hard time understanding what was going on, Matt was diagnosed after a MRI revealed a lesion on his brain stem. As he pondered what was next, despite feeling as though life was ending when it should be only just beginning, Matt spent time researching his options for treatment before aging out of insurance coverage. 

Tune in to learn more about Matt’s research efforts, his natural approach to managing MS for thirteen years before HSCT, and how he fared during his time in Puebla at Clinica Ruiz. 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.

It has been great to connect with Warriors worldwide, so please reach out if you’re interested in sharing your story. We would love to learn how the podcast has helped your journey with autoimmune disease so if you could take a moment, leave us a comment on instagram or share feedback on our website. We hope you’ll tune in next Wednesday for another episode, highlighting another HSCT Warrior. Until then, be a snowflake and embrace your superpowers.  Be kind.  Be well.

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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.

Resources:
Best Bet Diet and MS Hope

Reconnect with Mike and celebrate one year of freedom (Ep. 98)

Warrior: Michael
AI: Multiple Sclerosis
HSCT: January 17, 2022
Superpower: acceptance and grace

Where does kindness hit you? To what extent do you seek grace? How well do you find acceptance? 

We first met Mike in Season 7, shortly after he found out about HSCT. After battling with insurance and seeking HSCT at different clinics in the United States, Mike considered a variety of factors in his decision to pursue treatment in Monterrey, Mexico. As Mike works to support physical improvements despite spasticity post-transplant and a battle with COVID, he is finding room for his superpowers of acceptance and grace. Tune in to learn more about the ‘hiccups’ that Mike encountered and their resolution, as well as considerations for family and recovery. 

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.

It has been great to connect with Warriors worldwide, so please reach out if you’re interested in sharing your story. We would love to learn how the podcast has helped your journey with autoimmune disease so if you could take a moment, leave us a comment on instagram or share feedback on our website. We hope you’ll tune in next Wednesday for another episode, highlighting another HSCT Warrior. Until then, be a snowflake and embrace your superpowers.  Be kind.  Be well.

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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.

Revisit insights from Jacob’s strategies to navigate the journey to HSCT (S7 replay)

Warrior: Jacob Kinch
AI Multiple Sclerosis
HSCT: October, 2020
Superpower: new perspective

Where do you find glimmers of hope? Do you recognize the double-edged sword of multiple sclerosis? 

Jacob shares so many relatable aspects of his experience with multiple sclerosis, including frustration with doctors, questionable approaches and decisions around treatment, and challenges with paying for expensive medications. Despite his best efforts with disease modifying therapies, the side effects that Jacob experienced made it dark and difficult to live with MS. Once he found HSCT and began researching, he found a glimmer of hope that was strengthened after he connected with someone at Clinica Ruiz to address his pages of questions. 

Tune in and learn more about Jacob’s experience at Clinica Ruiz, navigating travel and processing other peoples’ judgments and skepticism, including doctors’ and neurologists’ opinions. 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.

It has been great to connect with Warriors worldwide, so please reach out if you’re interested in sharing your story. We would love to learn how the podcast has helped your journey with autoimmune disease so if you could take a moment, leave us a comment on instagram or share feedback on our website. We hope you’ll tune in next Wednesday for another episode, highlighting another HSCT Warrior. Until then, be a snowflake and embrace your superpowers.  Be kind.  Be well.

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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.

Reconnect with Erin to find empathy and connection despite feelings of isolation (S6 replay)

Warrior: Erin Schoenlein
AI: Multiple Sclerosis
HSCT: March 15, 2020
Superpower: energy to help other people

How wide is your view? Do you know what it feels like to be well? For how long have you been distanced? 

Having been diagnosed with an autoimmune disease in high school, Erin is no stranger to advocacy for well-being and the importance of spinning challenges into positive opportunities. Although she did not qualify for the clinical trials in the United States, Erin researched her options and found herself at Clinica Ruiz just prior to the start of the global pandemic. Erin distracted herself from the chaotic stress of COVID by surrounding herself in a bubble of staying focused on positivity and gratitude expressed by others around her. During this conversation with Erin, hear more about how her experiences in Mexico and her quarantine upon returning home helped motivate her to find inclusive ways to empower others.

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 your podcasts.

It has been great to connect with Warriors worldwide, so please reach out if you’re interested in sharing your story. We would love to learn how the podcast has helped your journey with autoimmune disease so if you could take a moment, leave us a comment on instagram or share feedback on our website. We hope you’ll tune in next Wednesday for another episode, highlighting another HSCT Warrior. Until then, be a snowflake and embrace your superpowers.  Be kind.  Be well.

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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.

Resources:

Sail MS
Paavitforward.org
HSCTWarriors.org

Catch-up with Amy and celebrate her learning journey at nearly one-year post HSCT (Ep. 94)

Warrior: Amy Capel
AI: Multiple Sclerosis
HSCT: October 2021
Superpower: mentality

To what extent are you distracted? Have you ever been on the outside looking in?

We first met Amy in Season 7 when she described her struggle to understand the disease and the storm of negative side effects from the first medication she tried. Thanks to a friend who had success with HSCT, Amy was convinced and committed to making the best decisions for herself and her family which meant advocating for herself to pursue HSCT. We last spoke with Amy the day before she met with a new neurologist at Duke University, just days before she was scheduled to travel to Clinica Ruiz in Puebla.

Tune in to hear more details about Amy’s experience with the clinic, the culture, the physical and the mental components of her journey to HSCT. 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.

It has been great to connect with Warriors worldwide, so please reach out if you’re interested in sharing your story. We would love to learn how the podcast has helped your journey with autoimmune disease so if you could take a moment, leave us a comment on instagram or share feedback on our website. We hope you’ll tune in next Wednesday for another episode, highlighting another HSCT Warrior. Until then, be a snowflake and embrace your superpowers.  Be kind.  Be well.

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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.

Meet Rebecca at four years post-transplant and learn from her gracious outlook (Ep. 90)

Warrior: Rebecca Katonica
AI: Multiple Sclerosis
HSCT: November 2018
Superpower: Grace

Do you try to explain away that which might be serious? When was the last time you took a leap of faith?

After an explosive headache behind her eyes, Rebecca found herself at the eye doctor who ordered an MRI that evidenced lesions and diagnosed her with multiple sclerosis. Insistent that she could still participate in a social event while wearing an eye patch, she began steroids that helped reset her double vision and vertigo. At this time, there was only one disease-modifying therapy to try, which gave her flu-like symptoms. Over her twenty-year experience with MS before HSCT, Rebecca tried all but one medication and ended up losing countless bodily functions until the point she was basically bedridden. 

Tune in to learn more about how Rebecca, despite having trouble sitting up in the car, successfully navigated the journey to Clinica Ruiz to undergo HSCT. 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.

It has been great to connect with Warriors worldwide, so please reach out if you’re interested in sharing your story. We would love to learn how the podcast has helped your journey with autoimmune disease so if you could take a moment, leave us a comment on instagram or share feedback on our website. We hope you’ll tune in next Wednesday for another episode, highlighting another HSCT Warrior. Until then, be a snowflake and embrace your superpowers.  Be kind.  Be well.

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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.

Learn from Elyse about the possibilities of HSCT to halt both Lupus and Sjogren’s (Ep. 87)

Warrior: Elyse Meyer
AI: Lupus and Sjogren’s
HSCT: July 2020
Superpower: not afraid to try new things

Are you aware of being comfortable? How do you define success? How do you define quality of life?

Despite maxing out every possible treatment option, including biologics and steroids, Elyse’s immune system was attacked by two different autoimmune conditions. Diagnosed when bloodwork before a medical procedure indicated that her white blood cell count was low, Elyse was stressed throughout testing to rule out other conditions including cancer and HIV. Once the doctors diagnosed both Lupus and Sjogren’s, she began a rigorous regimen of medications in an attempt to interrupt the sometimes two-year long flares of rashes, eye and mouth dryness, salivary gland pain, and more.

Tune in to hear how HSCT has helped the multiple symptoms that Elyse experienced while battling two autoimmune diseases, whether she faces any side effects from HSCT, and how she is faring now at two 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.

It has been great to connect with Warriors worldwide, so please reach out if you’re interested in sharing your story. We would love to learn how the podcast has helped your journey with autoimmune disease so if you could take a moment, leave us a comment on instagram or share feedback on our website. We hope you’ll tune in next Wednesday for another episode, highlighting another HSCT Warrior. Until then, be a snowflake and embrace your superpowers.  Be kind.  Be well.

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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.

Revisit Christy’s journey to Monterrey and learn more about the power of connections (S6 replay)

Warrior: Christy Miller Kuziensky
AI: Multiple Sclerosis
HSCT: February 2021 in Monterrey
Superpowers: patience and trust in Clinica Ruiz

Have you been fortunate enough to find confidence in your big decisions? How has patience served you along your journey? Are you comfortable showing up with no expectations?

With arm numbness that led to her diagnosis at the age of 24, Christy experienced some time without many MS symptoms and was doing her best to be adventurous and live a full life. Until she found herself in the outback of Australia for an outdoor teaching experience, hit with a terrible flare and optic neuritis that forced her on a return flight to the US within 24 hours. As an avid believer in the body’s capacity to heal itself, Christy spent two decades pursuing natural therapies to treat her MS symptoms, including acupuncture, Qi Gong, tapeworms, and bee sting therapy.

Tune in to learn more about how Christy found HSCT and faced her doubts to fundraise her way to Clinica Ruiz in Monterrey. With great tips for narrating her 26 year journey with MS avoiding disease modifying therapies and generating support for her treatment, Christy’s journey helps to reinforce the power of networking and sharing connection with others.

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 your podcasts.

It has been great to connect with Warriors worldwide, so please reach out if you’re interested in sharing your story. We would love to learn how the podcast has helped your journey with autoimmune disease so if you could take a moment, leave us a comment on instagram or share feedback on our website. We hope you’ll tune in next Wednesday for another episode, highlighting another HSCT Warrior. Until then, be a snowflake and embrace your superpowers.  Be kind.  Be well.

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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.

Resources:
Clinica Ruiz: https://hsctmexico.com
HSCT Warriors: https://HSCTWarriors.org

Reconnect with Ovi on her way to Puebla and learn what it means to be strong-strong (S6 replay)

Warrior: Ovi James
AI: Multiple Sclerosis
HSCT: February 2021
Superpower: mindset

How well do you navigate self advocacy?

After years of terrible headaches and issues with standing and walking, Ovi ended up losing her job and her home which caused significant relapses that rendered her disabled. As a single mother, Ovi’s goal was to focus on the positive and help her son “see the light at the end of the tunnel” even though she struggled to understand everything that was going on as her family chose not to support her. With the support of various shelters and physical, occupational, and mental health therapies, Ovi was able to focus on healing and learning how to better advocate for herself. She eventually found a rheumatologist who was able to see she was struggling with more than fibromyalgia and scheduled the MRI that led to her multiple sclerosis diagnosis.

Although this interview occurred the weekend that Ovi was preparing to head to Clinica Ruiz in Mexico, it is airing while she is currently undergoing treatment and could use continued support from our HSCT community. Tune in and learn more about Ovi’s journey and how she found strength in being properly diagnosed, and keep such a positive outlook on life and how she turned inward to focus on her gifts in order to actualize the possibilities of pursuing HSCT.

Be sure to visit our website, HSCTWarriorsPodcast.com 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 your podcasts.

It has been great to connect with Warriors worldwide, so please reach out if you’re interested in sharing your story. We would love to learn how the podcast has helped your journey with autoimmune disease so if you could take a moment, leave us a comment on instagram or share feedback on our website. We hope you’ll tune in next Wednesday for another episode, highlighting another HSCT Warrior. Until then, be a snowflake and embrace your superpowers.  Be kind.  Be well.

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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.

Resources:
Social media YouTube: @ovijames and Instagram: @itsovijames
Clinica Ruiz: https://hsctmexico.com
HSCT Warriors: https://HSCTWarriors.org

Reconnect with Lynn and gain insights on the nuances of CIDP (S5 replay)

Warrior: Lynn Rogers
AI: Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy (CIDP)
HSCT: hopeful 
Superpower: widened lens

Have you ever worried about asking people for help when their investment isn’t a sure thing? How do you define barriers to treatment for your autoimmune disease?

As a triathlete, crossfit-er, and marathoner preparing for an Ironman race, imagine the frustration when Lynn found herself paralyzed after two weeks of testing that led to no answers. Having a career in biomedical engineering with a focus on helping individuals with motor-recovery, Lynn was very surprised to find herself struggling with the same acute neurological issues as her patients.  

Tune in to learn more about her journey with symptoms that were not “textbook” and how the diagnostic testing not designed to pick up subtleties rendered her borderline, ultimately prolonging a diagnosis. Learn more about Lynn’s efforts to find answers and collaborate with her doctors over the course of three years to develop a plan of action that is leading her to pursue HSCT. 

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.

It has been great to connect with Warriors worldwide, so please reach out if you’re interested in sharing your story. We would love to learn how the podcast has helped your journey with autoimmune disease so if you could take a moment, leave us a comment on instagram or share feedback on our website. We hope you’ll tune in next Wednesday for another episode, highlighting another HSCT Warrior. Until then, be a snowflake and embrace your superpowers.  Be kind.  Be well.

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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.

Resources:

Clinica Ruiz 
https://hsctmexico.com