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Erin Fights Multiple Sclerosis - Interview on ExcitementRadio.com
Erin Castillo is seeking stem-cell & chemotherapy via a procedure known as HSCT or hematopoietic stem cell treatment, in hopes to cure her Multiple Sclerosis, is interviewed by Angela Beasley of ExcitementRadio on GetChaMindRight Feb 26 at 7pm EST
While living in Texas, in the year 2000, I began noticing symptoms of numbness from my waist down. I went to my family doctor to find out what was going on and they thought I might have injured my back/spinal tissue. They gave me a pack of steroids and sent me home.
Shortly after I moved to Miami and the same thing happened, numbness from my waist down – once again went to my family doctor, but this time I was referred to a neurologist. The neurologist suggested further testing and ordered an MRI and a cat scan. After his research, I received a phone call stating that I was showing signs of multiple sclerosis – I was 23 years old at the time.
After switching insurance and having to change neurologists, I received many more rounds of tests and was officially diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2001.
I went on several disease modifying drugs (DMDs), in the form of injections. I continued the injections for years although they were doing nothing to prevent or help my symptoms. Each day as I continued the DMD’s, I felt as though I was suffering from a severe flu and eventually wound up in the hospital at least twice a year.
I am married with a beautiful seven-year-old daughter who was diagnosed with high-functioning Asperger Syndrome (autism) at the age of 2.
In 2005, at just 28 years of age, I had to stop working - I have been on disability since.
While I have tried to better my health through diet and exercise, it has been an uphill battle.
Now onto the stem cell transplant.
As my condition worsened, I never gave up hope and continued to look for possible solutions or cures to through heavy research. A few years ago, I had heard about a transplant involving chemotherapy that is supposed to stop and in some cases reverse MS. At the time, the death rate was a bit too high for me to consider. And the produced was fairly new. I was still strong and maintaining my MS so I couldn’t imagine going through chemotherapy.
In 2013 I began noticing balance issues. As 2014 hit, I had to start using a cane to walk. During this past Christmas holiday, I was barely walking and not even the aide of a cane helped.
My husband and I began researching the stem cell treatment again. The clinical trial had come a long way and the results were now very promising. We decided to give it a go. I could no longer live my life this way, and would not sit around and watch myself deteriorate.
I was able to find everything I needed via social media. FaceBook groups for specific treatment centers, YouTube videos from 60 minutes, doctor reports, etc.
During my research, I found that this procedure has actually been performed for cancer patients for years! I thought I could actually have it done at any cancer center – perhaps even here in South Florida (close to my family). Then I found out it's not FDA approved for autoimmune diseases and the procedure was fairly here in the United States - whereas, overseas they have been performing the same procedure for years.
What I have found through extensive research is; that this procedure seems to be perfected, the outcome is to stop the progression of your MS, there are many cases where current MS symptoms are erased altogether on top of halting progression of the disease, all cases have produced extremely positive results, and this is the only procedure available that offers more than Band-Aid solutions.
The most amazing thing about this treatment is that there are no medications to take after you have completed the procedure.
This procedure is called HSCT - hematopoietic stem cell treatment.
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