The basics…my name is Lisa Stallings Malloy, and I have PPMS. Sounds like an AA meeting so far doesn’t it! I have three great boys, all grown, and one amazing grandson, Ethan. Yes I know, everyone has amazing grandchildren.
I am 58 years old and began having symptoms in April of 2011. Like a bat hitting me over the head, they started and have never let up. In March I was skiing blue and black runs, four weeks later…I could not get through a door.
That was in 2011, diagnosis was in 2012, and a stem cell transplant in the summer of 2013 in Moscow. It went beautifully, a total, 100% success. Yes, I still had some difficulty with fatigue, walking, balance and cognitive issues. But they were so very much better than in previous years!
A life threatening infection of Sepsis last year has brought a return to see the most wonderful Dr. Denis Fedrenko. If anyone can determine a course of action to eradicate the newly hyper-activated T and B cells, it is he.
They don’t call this Progressive MS for nothin’. The T and B cells which caused the massive damage to the brain and spine are very much like the Mexican Fire Ants in south Texas. They had been laying silently underground in a massive network of tunnels. A small to large mound will appear on the surface hiding all that lies beneath. One tiny tap of the toe, and a massive army of workers head out to destroy the enemy that dared to tap the mound (body). And they bite – fiercely!
I feel the Sepsis tapped on my inactive T and B cells hidden deep within my body, and they reacted fiercely and multiplied. The cells are now in a massive network within my body, and need eradicating.