“We have all heard the expression “life can change in an instant.” How true this became for me. By my age of 45, I had certainly run the full gamut of colds, flus, aches, pains, and viruses. I was quick to attribute three weeks of a low-grade fever and chills to some aggressive cootie slimed on a shopping cart handle by a snot-nosed ragamuffin. In retrospect, I should have recognized that this one was different. The typical flu-like symptoms were accompanied by an odd and scary shortness of breath. A week later was my next scheduled medical appointment. During that visit, I asked the doctor to study my blood counts closely. I returned home, lay down on the couch and slipped off to sleep. The phone rang. It was my doctor. He told me he knew why I felt sick, my white cell count well off the charts. Viewed under a microscope, my blood cells appeared grossly abnormal. None of this meant anything to me. I expected some rigorous course of antibiotics would be prescribed. Instead he said, “Ted, I am quite sure you have leukemia.” Boom. Hearing those words sent my heart into my stomach, that sick, sweaty, adrenalin release, my mind racing out of control. How bad is this? Can this be treated? My own “life can change in an instant” moment had struck. At 4 p.m., May 9th, 2005, the life I knew had ended. And so began my “Tedstrong” adventure.” My Extraordinary Demolition chronicles the author’s life as he fights for survival. The 123-page memoir is a powerful roller-coaster of deep emotion and humor. The book is not merely a “cookbook” for surviving leukemia, but rather an inspirational message applicable to virtually any struggle in life. A reader writes, “I didn’t like that the book had to end. I will miss that guy, Ted, that in a few short chapters became a very good friend, a confidant, a hero, and a soul-mate. People need to know what something like this feels like. There is strength. And love. And faith. And pain. And compassion. And wisdom.” A professional editor writes “Your compelling story and able delivery (in your fantastic, conversational writing style) remain riveting throughout.” Readers thus far offer this warning. “Don’t start the book too late in the evening because you will be unable to put it down.”
This book is a compilation of the bench experience of leading experts from various research labs involved in the cutting edge area of research. The authors describe the use of stem cells both as part of the combinatorial therapeutic intervention approach and as tools (disease model) during drug development, highlighting the shift from a conventional symptomatic treatment strategy to addressing the root cause of the disease process.
The book is a continuum of the previously published book entitled “Stem Cells: from Drug to Drug Discovery” which was published in 2017.
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.