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Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Stem Cell News: Sparta resident on the mend from MS

Editor's note: Sparta artist Nina Palumbo returned earlier this month from a medical trip to Mexico to receive adult stem-cell treatment for her Multiple Sclerosis. The Herald spoke with Palumbo before and after the 10-day trip -- and will do so periodically during her projected 10-month recovery.

By SETH AUGENSTEIN - www.njherald.com

saugenstein@njherald.com

SPARTA -- Nina Palumbo can stand and walk, and there are fewer "two-cane" days after her trip to Mexico.

However, there still is much left in her medical journey toward long-term health.

"I have to learn to walk again," she said Tuesday, exactly a month after she left for the clinic.

When she says she has to learn to walk, she's smiling. Palumbo still has the ups and downs associated with her disease, but she's gotten a kind of toehold in her fight against it.

The momentum against the degenerative disease is now in her favor, she says. The next 10 months likely will be a slow process of recovery requiring diligence, and vigilance, in almost every aspect of her life.

She spends almost every day in the pool, going underwater and swimming strokes that will encourage her own adult stem cells -- removed from her shinbone and injected back into her spine -- to travel to the places in her body where it can patch up, fix, and generally heal the damage left by the disease.

Continue reading this story which first appeared on July 2009




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