Posted 3 September, 2008
I’m coming across more stories now that show that Stem Cell treatments are working for Crohn’s disease sufferers. This is great news for these patients who suffer symptoms like diarrhea and continuous abdominal pain and cramps on an everyday basis.
Crohn’s disease is what plagued Billy Tytaneck, 25, of St Catharines, Canada. Diagnosed with Crohn’s at the age of 12, Billy had spent half his life battling the disease. However, he was at the end of his rope and facing a complicated bowel removal surgery. But Billy had other ideas. He had read of Repair Stem Cell treatment helping Crohn’s disease in the United States, but it had never been done in Canada. So Billy took it upon himself to seek out a Canadian doctor who had used Repair Stem Cells to treat Lupus and Multiple Sclerosis (but never Crohn’s)- Dr. Harold Atkins, at The Ottawa Hospital.
Dr. Atkins agreed to Billy’s request and Billy became the first Canadian to be treated with stem cell treatment for Crohn’s disease. How did that turn out? Let’s hear from Billy:
I’m much, much better easily 100 per cent improved from what I was last year, Tytaneck said Tuesday in a phone interview from his home in Collingwood.
“It’s not perfect yet, but my symptoms are improving all the time, he said.
He recently began working as a mechanical engineer for a firm in Collingwood a job that would have been difficult for him to do prior to the transplant.
I can go out for a day and do anything without worrying about getting sick, he said.
It’s a huge difference. I enjoy everything so much more.
Tytaneck is hopeful raising awareness about the procedure will make transplants more common for other Crohn’s patients. People don’t even know there’s an option. I want it to be an option for anyone who’s facing surgery.
Billy has formed his own stem cell transplant for Crohn’s disease website to help attain that goal too.