Merriam Webster defines the transitive verb as “1 : to cease marching or journeying. 2 : discontinue, terminate.”

On the six-month anniversary of transplant, today Dr. Burt offered me a fantastic early birthday present. He confirmed that my MRIs show no new lesions, which means that so far, HSCT has halted my MS!!

Since diagnosis in 2010, this is the first time my MRIs came back with no new lesions. Although it feels surreal, I am beyond elated at the news! I am so very grateful for the genius of Dr. Burt and the contributions of his dream team, two of whom I was fortunate to see coming off the elevators in Galter, hot off their rounds at Prentice.

Forever grateful for the amazing team at Prentice that helped me through the transplant, and ever grateful for the care of family and friends, and for the gracious generosity of all the donors and strangers who helped make this possibility a reality.

No new lesions!! So the work of healing continues… exercise, diet, rest, mindful awareness… all good ways to spend my time.

Cheers, and happy early birthday to me!!

be kind. be grateful. be well.

8 Comments Add yours

  1. Shannon O'Neal says:

    Yaaaaaaaaaaaaayyyyyy! And happy freaking birthday, as if that needs saying!


  2. Shannon O'Neal says:

    And awesome to see the team! Be well, all the best to you and yours.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. jdskoenig says:

      Same to you!!


  3. Eileen Stansbury says:

    The best news any mother could get regarding her child. God bless Dr. Burt and his team!

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Chelsea Beegan says:

    Hi Jen!!

    This is Chelsea (the PT student from the University of Kentucky). I just read this update and I wanted to tell you I am so excited for you!! I love periodically checking your blog and seeing your progress! I’m so glad you are doing well!

    Happy Birthday!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. jdskoenig says:

      Thanks so much Chelsea! I’m so glad you take time to check in, and am so grateful for your work with me. Hope all is well with you!!


  5. Will Barnhart says:

    Wow wow wow! That’s really wonderful news. Hope you had a great bday, too.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. jdskoenig says:

      … wow, indeed! Thanks Will! Hope all is well with you and yours!


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