Chasing Hope: A Patient's Deep Dive into Stem Cells, Faith, and the Future

Chasing Hope: A Patient's Deep Dive into Stem Cells, Faith, and the Future

by Richard M. Cohen


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After more than four decades living with multiple sclerosis, New York Times bestselling author Richard M. Cohen finds a flicker of hope in a groundbreaking medical procedure.

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780399575259
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/01/2018
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 1,226,890
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Richard M. Cohen is the author of two New York Times bestsellers: a memoir, Blindsided, detailing his struggles with MS and cancer and his controversial career in the news business; and Strong at the Broken Places, following the lives of five individuals living with serious chronic illnesses. His distinguished career in network news earned him numerous awards, including three Emmys and a Peabody. Cohen lives outside New York City with his wife, Meredith Vieira. They have three grown children.

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Table of Contents

Preface xiii

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

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