Deciding to have stem cell therapy and going to Moscow was a decision we didn’t take lightly. It took a couple of months to really make the decision and then actually go for it. Reason being, we’ve got 3 children and we’ve never left the children before, so that was a thing that really scared me more than anything else. Then we decided that only time my husband can get off work was over Christmas, so then that was another biggie. And again, we had to really decide that this was definitely the thing for us. So when we finally did decide to go it was all systems go and once we got started we never looked back.
Swiss Medica were brilliant from start to finish, from booking the ticket, getting the visas, sorting everything out, taking down my difficult dietary requirements, everything they took into consideration. And then when we arrived in Moscow, we were looked after from start to finish. The care was incredible. My children were completely taken care of, which meant I was able to relax and receive the treatment that I needed. I was looked after from start to finish.
They were incredible, the nurses were brilliant. The doctors, the team of doctors, were just so caring and so genuine. We really felt that we’re completely at ease, from the minute we arrived. Even my husband was looked after. My dietary requirements mean I’m gluten free, weed free, dairy free, meat free. And instead of just giving us both the diet for myself, they catered individually for Ben as well. And they didn’t have to do that and it was just incredible. Absolutely nothing was too difficult.
When I’d seen that the nurses responded straight away on somebody else’s testimonial, we thought “Oh well, they’ve just done that for the sake of it”, but when we got there, I kid you not, within 30 seconds of pressing the bell the nurse was always there to assist. Assist, with a smile on her face. It was just lovely, it was touching! Everything, nothing was too much trouble.
Even the drip. When I was on having my infusions, they’d be in my arm. It was on a stand, but the stand didn’t have wheels like we do in the UK, for you to take yourself to the toilet. No, every time I needed to go, they happily came along, detached me from my drip, let me go to the toilette, would wait for me to come back and reattach me. They took care of everything. Nothing was too much trouble.
And for that I completely 100% recommend them. The care, the service, everything was second to none. We felt so looked after. For us, we went, not just for our care, leaving the children for 2 weeks, that was a holiday for us as well, which I know it sounds strange. And we were cooped up in this room, but it wasn’t a problem. We had a little bit of sightseeing as well. And it was my birthday, as well as Christmas, it was my birthday. They even looked after us on my birthday, it was lovely, it really was lovely.
And now I am 100% better than I was this time last year. I can do things that I couldn’t do even back in December. I can walk my son to school, I can take part in extracurricular activities, I can cook meals, gourmet meals, which my children like, they don’t like beans on toast, but they like a full blown lasagna made from scratch. I can do all that now. I couldn’t do that back in December.
I’ve had friends over, I can entertain friends, I can cook meals and load the dishwasher , reload the dishwasher, do the washing… I can do things that I couldn’t do back in, you know, close as December and it’s February now. It’s incredible. I am truly happy and truly, truly grateful.
I am now swimming 22 lengths twice a week. We got a new puppy, he’s 13 weeks old, so he’s keeping us very busy and I’m able to do that. I am taking part in taxi-parent-taxi service. I’m cooking all the meals. It’s incredible. I’ve got my life back. I just feel brilliant and I’m so excited. I feel I can be excited about my future, our future. I feel like I am now a full time mommy again. I am almost a full time wife again.
But I can do things, it’s incredible. I can breathe, I feel alive, I’ve been given a second chance, I’ve been born again.
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Medical Advisor, Swiss Medica doctor