My Success Story: Healing Injuries with Stem Cells

As many of you know, I had a somewhat debilitating knee injury in 2015. Three top surgeons and most of the people I know recommended surgery. Instead of going under the knife, I’ve decided to explore other possibilities.

Always Question Conventional Wisdom.

Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.

 Mark Twain

One of my friends sent me a Ted talk on the healing power of the stem cells. So, I started digging and found a place in Colorado specializing in regenerative stem cell procedures. To sum up, the method is to use your own stem cells to regenerate the damaged tissues.

What Are Stem Cells?

“What are stem cells?” you ask. Possibly the coolest – and least understood – cells in the body

Darwin Prockop, M.D., Ph.D.

Stem cells are capable of giving rise to indefinitely more cells of the same type, and from which certain other kinds of cell arise by differentiation. Many debilitating medical diseases and premature aging are due to abnormalities in these processes.

Furthermore, there is a body of new and existing research. For instance, Medical News Today recently reported how stem cells show potential for brain damage repair. Research from Australia suggests by manipulating cell-surface proteins it may be possible to get bone marrow stem cells to differentiate into brain cells. If the method proves practical, it could lead to ways of generating new brain cell populations for repairing brain damage. Wow!

My Success Story

My stem cell procedure was not covered by insurance. Not to mention, it was a painful and an emotionally crazy trip. As always, my husband and a very few close friends supported me. Also, I believed that there is a big chance for it to work. By the same token, I’ve learned so much in the preparation and recovery process.

In summary, I introduced intermittent fasting, switched to whole food plant-based foods, pushed through the pain to do my physical therapy, and practiced healing visualization meditation daily for about seven months.

Finally, I’ve got my results.

My ACL is at 90% regenerated!  

To conclude, my ACL is nearly healed. I just need another PRP booster injection, and I can fly again!

February 2015 MRI Report (Post Ski Accident):

January 2017 MRI (Post Stem Cell Procedure):

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12 comments

  1. I’m stoked to hear how much your intuition paid off! Wonderful news about the 90% regeneration of your ACL.
    I have one major story where going against conventional wisdom paid off. It involves my dog Missy, as you know by now 😉 Her cancer diagnosis motivated me to question traditional dry dog food and move on to the much healthier, more species-appropriate option of raw dog food. 2 years after her tumor removal and chemotherapy, she’s never been healthier. It’s truly amazing what a big role the right kind of nutrition plays in health, human or K9, or any species, really!

    • Hi Barbara,

      I went through fear and doubt throughout this whole process. But, I just kept taking actions to make myself better before and after the procedure. After all, our actions are something we have control over. Also, I did visualization meditation daily – not sure if it helped. But, certainly did no harm.

      I am so happy for Missy! Cancer free, healthier and happier pup – WOF!
      You are such an excellent and responsible parent. Not to mention, your experience, helped me to make better choices with Rocky’s diet.
      Of course, nutrition is the key in ours and our K9 friends! Too bad a fewer human and K9 doctors discuss it.

      Thanks for stopping by,
      Anna.

      • Yes, it’s a shame that important health information is withheld from the general public as far as the right kind of nutrition is concerned, for humans and dogs/cats alike, only to make money to treat sickness. I’d much rather spend money on preventing sickness in the first place and being able to enjoy life to the fullest.

        I love what you said – we have control over our actions. That is so true. I suppose sometimes we just need the right kind of kick in our behind to trust in our ability to take the right action. Again, I’m excited that you followed through with it!!

  2. Wow Anna what an amazing story and journey!!! A very informative and interesting blog today, it’s amazing what our own bodies can do to repair itself, and with new and remarkable scientific discoveries, the technology is unlimited!!! Thanks for sharing your pain and recovery today! Xo

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