David's article: "Encouraging original thought – seeking a cure for Multiple Sclerosis"

Submitted by Sarah on Thu, 2015-10-29 10:28

Here is the latest biennial edition of Sidcot Friends, a magazine for past scholars at David's former boarding school.  On pages 12-13 you will find the article he wrote mainly about searching for a cure for my disease.  As a bonus there are two photographs of each of us: I took David's, both in my room but the first one they have put back to front.  Mine, I have just realised, are getting on for thirty years apart. 

https://sidcotians.files.wordpress.com/2015/10/sidcot-friends-magazine-autumn-2015.pdf

Hi Sarah,

Very cool article!  I've read a bit about your and David's journey in his website, and of course here too.  It's awesome that "we" are getting closer and closer to fully understanding MS and how to kick it's butt. 

I feel, as a Dad, a lot in common with the emotions that must have driven David to try and find an answer in the face of a disease the Neurologist thought was not going to give you very long to live.  I've felt, and was driven by, desparate emotions - fear, from early on after learning of Rick's MS.  That fear, desperation and hopelessness, and the love for my very dear son, are likely shared by anyone with a family member afflicted with this awfull disease.  We of course, feel much more hopeful now - and hope that Richard's journey leads him to recovery from his MS and improvements in his disability.  2 years ago, Richard was in denial, and I was continuing to scour the internet for some kind of answer, as I could see the "writing on the wall," when I ran across an article in ScienceDaily that ultimately led me to David's website - and then to this forum.

I want to thank you and David - and all of the folks here, again - for being so willing to share your stories, as they were critical in helping us to come to the decision to seek this treatment for Richard.

My very Best & Highest Regards,

Tom C

Proud Parent of Rick - R started CAP in Nov. 13. Small measurable improvements as of 7/14, more by 10/14.  Holding Steady in early 2017.  "I will leave no stone unturned, no theory unexamined, to help my son." Tommi

Tom, thankyou so much for your kind words.  David has been waiting for months for this edition of the magazine to come out, since my recovery means so much to him.  One very nice surprise was that the editor had added two of his poems on page seventeen. Here is one of them....................Sarah



I have Internal Metre


I have internal metre

By which I live my life

Out of step with all I see

Around me. But the time

Will come when Fate

And I shall walk a step

So similar I need not be.

Completed Stratton/Wheldon regime for aggressive secondary progressive MS in June 2007, after four years, three of which intermittent.   Still improving bit by bit and no relapses since finishing treatment.

Awesome Sarah - David's poem that is.  I've enjoyed everything I've read (I did buy one of David's books and have some PDF's he sent) - that David has written, and your paintiings are very inspirinng too.

Best & Highest Regards,

Tom C

Proud Parent of Rick - R started CAP in Nov. 13. Small measurable improvements as of 7/14, more by 10/14.  Holding Steady in early 2017.  "I will leave no stone unturned, no theory unexamined, to help my son." Tommi

Hello Sarah, thank you for sharing David's article. It reads like a modern fairytale. And it is one. Story of love and power of human mind. It inspires and many people on this site need that inspiration just to make it to another day. I really appreciate you sharing it.

I wish you and David health and happiness for many years to come. 

Adult onset asthma in 2013 after bad cold that woul not clear. On cap since 2013.

Thankyou Ladislav: I didn't realise how worried David was when he saw me getting worse, so I got annoyed. When I took the first anyobiotics I thought that this was silly and was not going to work. After my head cleared I realized how stupid I had been....................Sarah

Completed Stratton/Wheldon regime for aggressive secondary progressive MS in June 2007, after four years, three of which intermittent.   Still improving bit by bit and no relapses since finishing treatment.