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

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.

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Rejoicing In Hope: A Journey with Cancer

Follow the true story of a Maine family’s journey with cancer as told through a series of emails sent to friends and family over a 5-year period. Using humor and hope, the author takes you on a roller coaster ride of emotions as he and his family walk with God through the rigors of a stem-cell transplant in Boston. The support they receive from family, friends, and medical staff, along with their faith in an all-knowing, all-caring God, helps them remain “rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer.” (Romans 12:12 NKJV). The end of the book features scriptures of hope and inspiration, as well as a list of verses to keep your mind in order. An exerpt: When Dawn asked, “Whose toothbrush is this?”. Both Jacob and I had the same answer: “Mine.” Nice. Somehow I got my colors crossed and I’ve been using Jake’s toothbrush for the last month or more. (Men, there are times when you need to listen to your wives, and toothbrush color assignment day is one of those times.) So much for being hyper-cautious about germ-spreading – we clean our hands often, use paper towels for drying, obey all the food rules, put caps on our toothbrushes, and even use separate toothpaste tubes – but we end up sucking on the same germ-stick day after day. Isn’t that nice! We can only say that God has been gracious to us…He kept Jacob healthy all that time so that I wouldn’t get sick, and now that we’ve got our very own private toothbrushes (with all kinds of initials on them), Jacob has come down with a cold. So the easy 2-day vacation at the hospital probably saved us from a more serious situation. Aren’t you glad God overrules our stupidity some times. “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28

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Stem Cell Research: Hope or Hype?

Stem Cell Research takes a multi-disciplinary approach to the topic of human embryonic stem cell research, starting with the breakthrough discovery up through the present day controversy. The book invites the reader to join the conversation by providing a well balanced approach to many of the issues surrounding the development of this controversial scientific field. It includes the thoughts and experiences of scientists, journalists and ethicists as it tried to approach the topic through a variety of different academic disciplines.

The book will help the non-scientist understand the biology, research regulations and funding; and simultaneously it will help the scientist better comprehend the full spectrum of ethical, religious, and policy debates.

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