It is hard to believe that I have neglected my blog for this long, but I haven’t had with anything useful or constructive to add to what I’ve already written. I think this will probably be my final post as any of my post stem cell developments have long ceased to show any progress. It seems like the time we spent getting ready to travel to India, working to raise funds and finalizing all of the infinite details that need to be addressed before each trip, were done a lifetime ago and seem so surreal now. Hard to imagine it has been 5 years since our first journey to New Delhi, and Dr. Shroff’s NuTech Mediworld Clinic. Time slips by without us being able to reach out and grasp it, as our lives become but a blur, in this time in space we call our lives.
I still have people stop me and ask if I was the guy who underwent the stem cell treatments in India that they remember reading about. They are amazed that we had done this, travelled to the other side of the world, immersed ourselves into another culture, and undergone the stem cell treatment program offered by Dr. Shroff. If I didn’t have the pictures and memories from our four trips to Delhi, I would have a hard time believing it also. It all seems so long ago that we met the people in Delhi and shared that special time in our lives. So many are the faces of the people who were there. People undergoing the same, or different treatments for the afflictions affecting each of us, the people whose duty it was to care for us and to help us try to improve our quality of life through stem cell therapy. To these people, we have immense gratitude and caring.
There is so much information about stem cell research, developments, treatments, programs, etc., out there for people to read about these amazing cells and what they are actually doing to improve people’s lives. We attended a program on the developments the University of Colorado was doing with their research partners over in Denver, CO. It boggled my mind that they could take a biopsy of someone skin, put that skin in a solution of stem cells and grow enough skin to cover that entire person’s body in a little over 3 weeks. Think of the potential for burn victims to have their own skin for skin grafts, with no worries of their body rejecting the graft. They can take a biopsy of someone’s cornea and grow a whole new cornea for that individual, restoring their sight Again, no rejection worries. Another application was to grow bronchial tubes for people suffering numerous afflictions or injuries, restoring their ability to breathe and lead a normal life. Utterly amazing, and this was a couple of years ago. Think what these dedicated researchers and doctors have come up with since.
We had one clinical study being done with embryonic stem cells, by a California firm, Geron, that stopped before much was ever accomplished. Funding and their inability to procure patients who were stable enough from their injuries within the timeframe specified by the study. This was a year or 2 ago, so no real usable data or developments to come out of this effort. The latest clinical study being done on humans, here in the US, was by a company out of Florida. I’m no sure if this was the Miami Project or what. They are utilizing Schwann cells in their study. Unfortunately, it will be years before we see any developments from this study. There are things being done with stem cells elsewhere on the planet. It is just a matter of time before progress is made and people will have available to them, multiple options for stem cell treatments. So I am hopeful that mankind will make a multitude of new break throughs in the development and use of stem cells. Be they; adult cells, skin cells, embryonic cells, heart cells, or any other type present in the human body. Yes, we have a lot to be thankful and hopeful for. Pray that we see positive developments in the line of stem cell treatments.
Thank you to everyone for sharing in this adventure. It has been quite the ride. Peace be with all of you and glory be to our Savior!