Today I sat in on a webinar out of Boston University about the progress of clinical trials in the US, and how as a patient with SCI to best prepare yourself to be ready for the trials. The main things I need to do to be ready would include maintaining the proper weight, eating healthy, and exercising regularly. All areas that I could improve on most certainly. Also, standing was a pretty big deal as you'll need to be able to stand for long periods of time to be part of the trials. This area I've got covered. You see most people in a wheelchair haven't stood in a VERY long time, and when you stand up without having stood for a year or more you are likely to pass out because your blood pressure drops. You have to work your way back up to standing again, minutes at a time. I plan to continue standing regularly so that I'll be ready to go when they find a cure (if I'm not walking by then).
Dr. Wise Young from Rutgers and his team of neurosurgeons and scientists are about to embark on Phase 2 of their clinical trials, which is incredibly exciting. They are seeing some great success with animals, and really seem to be close to a cure. And when I say close, I mean 5-10 years out. In my life time. Wow. I know that I'll be healed one day, and it's great to hope that others can be as well.
What can you do to help? Donate just $1 (more if you can). It's super easy, every single one of you can afford it, and these clinical trials need so much money to proceed. Every dollar you donate on this website goes directly to supporting these trials. If the UW is in on these trials (they haven't announced the participating hospitals yet) you can bet I'll do my best to be a part of it.
I never thought I'd say this, but I'm actually thankful that Obama became president for my own very selfish reasons. He lifted the ban on stem cell research which has allowed Dr. Wise to really move forward with his trials. It's too bad that so many people associate stem cells as killing babies and a list of other negative things. If you do your research you'll find out that certainly isn't the case at all, and many wonderful things are going to come out of stem cell research.