Richard Cohen struggles with failing limbs and is legally blind. He has survived two bouts of colon cancer and a life-threatening blood clot in his lungs. After enduring decades of harsh treatments and invasive therapies, Cohen decided to trade in his life as a patient.
In 2012, Cohen and his wife, Meredith Vieira, were invited to host and chair an adult stem cell conference at the Vatican. Scientists would be gathering in Rome to discuss stem cell therapy for autoimmune diseases, including MS. A believer in the power of denial and determination over faith and hope, Cohen was caught off guard by what he learned. Medical technology had advanced further and more quickly than Cohen had known. Could there be a chance his health could improve? Could MS be cured? As Cohen took part in a pioneering stem cell protocol, he opened himself to the possibility of hope for the first time in his adult life.
Cohen's deep dive into the cutting-edge world of stem cell research and his journalistic investigation of hope includes interviews with doctors, scientists, and religious leaders, as well as conversations with others living with chronic conditions, all with the goal of understanding a hope that is both elusive and alluring.
As drily funny as it is emotionally vulnerable, Chasing Hope navigates the fascinating and ever-changing intersection between illness and hope.
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Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Losing Sight of the Future 1
Chapter 2 The Diagnosis 9
Chapter 3 Meredith and Company 17
Chapter 4 An Unwanted Inheritance 25
Chapter 5 Resisting Help 35
Chapter 6 The Invitation 47
Chapter 7 Leaving Conventional Care 57
Chapter 8 A Bleak Landscape 69
Chapter 9 Hope as a Family Affair 77
Chapter 10 Invading the Vatican 93
Chapter 11 Joining the Jesuits 117
Chapter 12 Dr. Sadiq and the Magic Stem Cells 127
Chapter 13 East Meets West 141
Chapter 14 The Great Bone Marrow Harvest 155
Chapter 15 The Power of Human Decency 169
Chapter 16 Stem Cell Infusion 191
Chapter 17 Star and Crescent 215
Chapter 18 Blindsided, Again 225
Chapter 19 Psychology and Biology of Hope 243
Chapter 20 Anger Becomes Kid Stuff 259
Epilogue: Pursuing Possibility 267