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Published 24 July 2016

We’re off

Here I am in Santa Barbara Airport.

Seemed like this day would never arrive, although my risk of stopping Tysabri without a confirmed treatment date paid off. I read online that some people are just now getting 2017 confirmation dates. My required, three-month washout ended just a week ago, so it doesn’t get much tighter than that! I only applied in February.

While I’m so excited, I can hardly think straight, I’m trying really hard to attenuate my expectations. This treatment doesn’t work wonders for everyone; although, the vast majority seem to do quite well with it.

Important Timeframes

  • My Stem Cell Transplant Date: June 5th, 2016
  • Treatment duration: 4 weeks
  • Typical onset of disability reversal: +9 months
  • Typical complete recovery from procedure: +1 to +2 years
  • Typical maximum reversal of disability: +2 years


I am not a doctor. I am a scientist (engineer) who has had MS since March 2013.

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