Trip Start Jul 25, 2010
Trip End Aug 03, 2010

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Thursday, August 5, 2010

Hello everyone.  I thought I'd give a little update as well as reflect on the past few days and the trip in general.  It is early Thursday morning and have still not recovered from jet-lag.  I'm trying to get back on schedule but will take a bit longer.
I was a more than a little pleasantly surprised to get off the plane and clear customs and there are my brother Colin, sister-in-law Karen, niece Maddy, plus friends, as well as Street Culture and Brenda and the girls from DOC's place; ok maybe it helped to have the founder of SCK travelling with me!  CBC had sent a camera as follow-up and that was interesting.  After being cramped in a seat for 8plus hours and little sleep, they wanted to talk about treatment outcomes and changes and that was a little difficult under the circumstances but chatted nonetheless.  Still good to have them there.

I'm still less spastic and seem to be sleeping better.  Still stiff and sore in the neck, back, shoulders. Tried to swim yesterday and ended up doing a lot of stretching; which was good.  I feel better in waves...the good is really good and the bad is not that bad.  It just happens and for now I can't figure out what it is but it takes me by surprise and I'll take your collective advice... to not push things too much.  But a little..?? 
Lots of press lately and the naysayers are getting louder.  Brad Wall has announced clinical trials for 2011 and that's a good thing as long as the question is to test the hypothesis and not based on proving that CCSVI doesn't exist.  Watch the wording in the criticisms; all based on proving that Zamboni is wrong and not on replicating his exact research protocols.

This has turned into a medical mobilization that is unparalleled (I think!).  Should be interesting  next 6 months!  
I'll be back to work pretty soon, Looking forward to it.  
This trip has been an awakening of sorts and has left me wondering if the treatment will 'take'.  I'm still hopeful as I see flashes of normalcy. It was absolutely worth it and would do it over again given the choice/opportunity/resources in a minute!  Thankfully I had all of those; most people with MS do not.  I am extremely grateful to be surrounded by people that truly wanted the best for me and hoped beyond hope that things would change for me.  And they did...I said before that I'm not even close to having acting skills...duh!... and the skeptics said it was placebo based on psychological mood uplift. The 'after' video was just that...after.  36 hours after surgery and just out of bed.  Nope there is something more to this.
This isn't a cure but there is a connection...  
My gratitude to Kim is enormous.  This was far from an easy journey; the logistical problems could have been monumental.  Faith that I was actually on the treatment list, Airport to airport issues, ground transport, language/cultural nuances, waiting for surgery, post surgery, taking wrong trains, testing the body, security checks, customs, just having to deal with me!  Sheesh that's enough in itself.  Kim you are a great friend and thanks for joining me on the adventure!!  And it was that an adventure!
Again thank you for all the well wishes and pep talks; they meant the world to me/us.  We'd read them over, laugh, cry, agree, reminisce, and all a world away.  Cory Ell, thank you!  The song is amazing! Again all...thank you for your fundraising efforts and encouragment...Megs, Barb, Lynn, Rita, Terry, Darryl, Dick, Kevin & Chris, Dave & Steph, Russ, Karl, Rob, Karen, Maggi, Janet, Gene, Ann, Lynsey (Katie!), Jill, Dustin, Todd, Stephanie, Erica, Janice, Kevina, Nathan, Roz, Coach, Erin, Tina, Heather, Danielle, Sharon, Steph, Louise, Marita, Cathy, Eileen, Paul, Cheryl, Greta-Lynn, Joey, SCK, Joe, Raylene, Becca, Stacey, Patti, Roland, Shelley, Schills, Joel, Marty, Robin, Rebecca, Stephen, Laurie, Pauly, Mike, Denise, Mike, Kelly, Jim and Reed, David & Jolene, Rob, Stu, Gord, Kirk, Nicole, Kasia, Sue, Lauren, Lynk-coat, Marsh, Pauline, Jordi, Drew, more Halifax freaks, Mom, Colin, Maddy, Addison, Karen (Karen's family!!!), Buffalo (Dan, Brian, Daniel, and all !!!!) and the new friends from Bulgaria!!
I've missed a ton of folks, sorry in advance...I'll fix things!!!   Thank you all!!!
I'll continue with some updates every so often but for now the journey is complete...

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Annie Bradley on

Doc, I had only heard about you through our mutual friend Mike Campbell for years...your legend growing larger in each story...but I'm so glad that Mike forwarded me the link to this incredible journey and that I was able to read this...for now I know all the stories are are indeed an inspiration to everyone and I can't wait to finally meet you in Hali on Wing Nut Week! It seems as if we have to take our medical community for the horns and wrangle them into some sort of "openess" to explore things that sometimes just make so much damn sense!

markdoch on

Thanks for your comments Annie! I've heard great things about you as well! Look forward to chatting at WNW. Take care

Maggi on

Marc, just back today so have not had a chance to follow the rest of your journey on line. So glad to hear you are home, will give a call to you soon. I tell everyone I know about your courage and success. All the best, talk to you soon.

Andrea (Caughill) Kattlus on

Hey Doc,
Thanks for sharing your journey. It was so nice to be able to read about your progress and learn about the surgery. It is a real eye opener for me and I will certainly be making a point of reading about it in the news in the coming months. I wish you continued progress and all the best!! :)

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