Tuesday, January 5, 2010

10 years after a stem-cell transplant...

When I received the following book pitch: "It is my story about fighting Multiple Sclerosis while raising small children, having a stem cell transplant before the Bush administration, and how it all got me into comedy," I cheered. A little research proved Sandi's success story is absolutely ground-breaking in the United States - diagnosed with M.S. and told she was bound for a wheelchair, Sandi became the second person in California to receive a transplant. And now, ten years later, she is a walking medical breakthrough. WON'T DO STAND-UP IN A WHEELCHAIR is Sandi's compelling story of her recovery and radical jump into stand-up comedy, out March 31, 2010.  

A recent blog post I read on Jan. 3, 2010 including this closing remark: "At present, the potential of stem cells are more and more recognized by many in the medical field. The only challenge relating to stem cells that remains is proving just how effective their transplantation is to big groups of people." We hope Sandi's humorous perspective will provide hope to the 2.5 million individuals worldwide suffering from M.S., especially to the 200 newly diagnosed every week.