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I was diagnosed with Relapsing Remitting Multiple Sclerosis in 1998 at the age of 20. For nearly two decades this monster inside of me have taken control of my whole existence and took away many things that most people take for granted. But enough is enough and I have now declared full out war against my MS! Over the last few years my MS was controlled by Interferon drugs to slow the progression of the disease. These drugs prevented the MS from doing major damage by suppressing my immune system but had many side effects. The interferon drugs are also now no longer effective and my MS is now progressively attacking my nervous system without resistance.

But there is new hope in the form of a Hematopoietic stem cell transplantation involving an infusion of my own stem cells harvested from my own blood! This will then reboot my immune system and give my MS a huge kick in the family jewels!  This procedure currently cost R650 000 and is not covered by my medical aid. The costs include ward fees and drugs, ward extras, dispensary drugs, ward x-rays, blood works, blood infusions and of course the doctors’ fees.

The only way for me to have this procedure is to ask for your help as I simply do not have the money to pay for it.

I decided to launch this website to not just help myself but hopefully also help some other patients that desperately need this procedure. On this website I will be blogging about my experiences as a patient, give advice where I can, share information I've collected about MS over the years and will also try and answer every question asked.

Please help me raise this money in order to be able to live a longer and healthier life. Any amount you do donate will be appreciated more than you know.

To make a donation please go here.

I met Yvette in 1996. A friend and I decided to go for a beer at a local pub named Fat Boys in Cape Town and as we walked in I saw this beautiful girl with the longest hair I’ve ever seen. There was this sparkling glow around her and it felt like time stood still for a few seconds. She was dancing with a few friends and looked my way. Our eyes locked and I could not do anything else except walk straight up to her and put my arms around her waist. I ended up giving her a lift back to her flat where we sat up talking till the sun came up. We immediately fell in love and moved in together a few weeks later. We were young, healthy, and happy and enjoyed everything Cape Town had on offer. We both loved being in nature and often went for long walks up Table mountain. Life was great and we have some amazing and fond memories of our time together.
 
Then one day news came that changed our lives forever. Yvette and I rented a penthouse flat very near to the beach road in Sea Point. She was working as a Foreign exchange consultant at that stage and had a bright future ahead of her. The one morning when she woke up to get ready for work she complained that her leg felt like it was “asleep”. This numb feeling in her leg did not go away and it was decided that Yvette must go see a doctor. Her parents picked her up and took her for all the tests. I still clearly remember the day when Yvette phoned me and calmly told me that she was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis
 
In the first few months after being diagnosed you could hardly see that anything was wrong with her. She did have a slight limp but still lived an active life and worked full time. Yvette fell pregnant in 2001 and gave birth to our amazing son on 11 February 2002. She still went back to work after her maternity leave but was struggling to cope with the workload. The MS was doing what it does best by slowly destroying the protective insulation around her nerves. This protective sleeve is called Myelin and when the MS attacks it, it creates scar tissue around the affected nerve cells. The central nervous system is so complicated and damage to any of its nerve cells creates huge problems.
 
Yvette progressively starting getting sicker and was medically boarded a short while later. The MS relapses were happening more often and Yvette got to a stage where she could not walk without holding on to something. It was not long after this she received her first wheelchair. Yvette is a proud girl and hated being in the chair. For years she ignored the chair and walked with a stick but that also came to an end. She can walk very short distances with her walking frame but all other movement is now restricted to her chair. Yvette’s health deteriorated to the point where she is a full time patient imprisoned in her own home or hospital.
 
I can give you a long list of where MS has affected her physical body. Numbness, bladder control, eye sight, and physical pain are the obvious ones but the nerve damage happening in her brain is what concerns me the most. MS can destroy nerve cells anywhere in the body and Yvette has 3 “Scars” on her brain. The brain, as we all know, is the control centre of the whole body and the MS now has this control! And there is nothing that can be done to stop it. We’ve tried them all! From Avonex to Cannabis… But there is no cure for MS!
 
There is however hope! There is a new treatment available that cannot repair the damage MS has done but it can prevent the MS from doing any further damage. This WILL save Yvette’s life! This Stem Cell Replacement procedure is very costly and not covered by our medical aid. The total cash amount we must pay upfront is R650 000. We cannot afford it… 
 
But Yvette nor I will give up! We have set up an account on Backabudddy.co.za where friends can donate money towards the cost of this LIFE SAVING procedure. A friend of Yvette that also has MS managed to raise the money with the help of Back a Buddy and friends and family. She is now currently undergoing the treatment and her life will be saved.
 
I beg you to please help my wife by donating any amount you have spare. We do not have much time to raise the money as this is a race against time. As I’m typing this Yvette is in hospital. She had another relapse this morning and we are waiting for the test results to see what other nerves are destroyed and for how long she must stay in hospital this time round. 
 
Yvette is a good person with a huge hart that does not deserve this horrible decease. Please donate any amount you have spare to help her. We do not have years to raise the money as this is a race against time. 
 
Yvette’s vision is to not just help herself but hopefully help some other patients in need of this treatment. This is one of the reasons we decided to launch this website.
Yvette wants to live! Should you be unable to help her with a donation please help her by sharing her story to your friends or anyone else that might be able to help.
 
Thank you in advance!
Yvette's husband.
 
 
My name is René Hershensohn and I have a twin sister with MS! As the twin that was not affected by the disease, I have always felt such guilt and sorrow for my sister. I was able to carry on with a normal career and have three children. Yvette was blessed with one child but I know she would have loved to have more but doctors advised her to have a hysterectomy at the age of 25 as it might improve her wellbeing. She has had to make so many sacrifices in her life due to MS. She is basically home bound as she finds it to stressful and uncomfortable in public places as people stare and has made comments like “she is drunk” because of the trouble she has with walking. She has no control over her bladder and has had many embarrassing experiences in public.
 
As her twin sister I feel the hurt she is feeling and if I could take it upon my shoulders, I would. Yvette was always the stronger sister from an early age. She was a confident and popular student in school but we always noticed being active and participating in sport activities was always a struggle for her. After school she began working at Rennies Foreign exchange. Due to the stressful nature of the job symptoms began emerging, like rapid weight loss, loss of feeling in her leg and vomiting etc. We were all very concerned for Yvette and finally got the devastating news of her diagnosis. Since her diagnosis 17 years ago I can see how rapid it deteriorated her health. At the rate of her relapses I would not be surprised if she is totally wheel chair bound in the next 5 years or even bed ridden. She hasn’t lived her life yet! She can’t do normal things like a walk on a beach or just going to the mall for a meal. She sits in her house while life is slowly passing her by. I cannot imagine how long a day must feel for her.
 
Simple tasks like going for a shower or cooking takes a huge amount of effort and I can see she is in a lot of pain but as a mother she does what she has to do. Summer time is pure hell for her as her legs feels like it is on fire and there is nothing to ease the pain. For many of us just falling asleep is an ordinary thing, but Yvette suffers insomnia which is torturous. I can go on and on about how MS has put her into this jail that’s her life now This is why this stem cell therapy has given us such hope. Maybe one day we can all walk on the beach or enjoy going out for a meal without worrying about her MS symptoms and she can feel like a normal person without the stares and remarks. Even if it just gives her confidence back it would make such a remarkable difference. As a family we hope and pray for this miracle! There is a cure but so terribly expensive that we just cannot afford it on our own.
 
Any donation large or small will be so much appreciated. Yvette is a funny, intelligent beautiful person and she has so much more to give to this world.
 
Yours truly,
Yvette's twin sister.
 
To read some more Testimonials from Yvette's family or to submit your own please click here.

I was diagnosed with Relapsing Remitting Multiple Sclerosis in 1998 at the age of 20. For nearly two decades this monster inside of me have taken control of my whole existence and took away many things that most people take for granted. But enough is enough and I have now declared full out war against my MS! Over the last few years my MS was controlled by Interferon drugs to slow the progression of the disease. These drugs prevented the MS from doing major damage by suppressing my immune system but had many side effects. The interferon drugs are also now no longer effective and my MS is now progressively attacking my nervous system without resistance.

But there is new hope in the form of a Hematopoietic stem cell transplantation involving an infusion of my own stem cells harvested from my own blood! This will then reboot my immune system and give my MS a huge kick in the family jewels!  This procedure currently cost R650 000 and is not covered by my medical aid. The costs include ward fees and drugs, ward extras, dispensary drugs, ward x-rays, blood works, blood infusions and of course the doctors’ fees.

The only way for me to have this procedure is to ask for your help as I simply do not have the money to pay for it.

I decided to launch this website to not just help myself but hopefully also help some other patients that desperately need this procedure. On this website I will be blogging about my experiences as a patient, give advice where I can, share information I've collected about MS over the years and will also try and answer every question asked.

Please help me raise this money in order to be able to live a longer and healthier life. Any amount you do donate will be appreciated more than you know.

To make a donation please go here.

I met Yvette in 1996. A friend and I decided to go for a beer at a local pub named Fat Boys in Cape Town and as we walked in I saw this beautiful girl with the longest hair I’ve ever seen. There was this sparkling glow around her and it felt like time stood still for a few seconds. She was dancing with a few friends and looked my way. Our eyes locked and I could not do anything else except walk straight up to her and put my arms around her waist. I ended up giving her a lift back to her flat where we sat up talking till the sun came up. We immediately fell in love and moved in together a few weeks later. We were young, healthy, and happy and enjoyed everything Cape Town had on offer. We both loved being in nature and often went for long walks up Table mountain. Life was great and we have some amazing and fond memories of our time together.
 
Then one day news came that changed our lives forever. Yvette and I rented a penthouse flat very near to the beach road in Sea Point. She was working as a Foreign exchange consultant at that stage and had a bright future ahead of her. The one morning when she woke up to get ready for work she complained that her leg felt like it was “asleep”. This numb feeling in her leg did not go away and it was decided that Yvette must go see a doctor. Her parents picked her up and took her for all the tests. I still clearly remember the day when Yvette phoned me and calmly told me that she was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis
 
In the first few months after being diagnosed you could hardly see that anything was wrong with her. She did have a slight limp but still lived an active life and worked full time. Yvette fell pregnant in 2001 and gave birth to our amazing son on 11 February 2002. She still went back to work after her maternity leave but was struggling to cope with the workload. The MS was doing what it does best by slowly destroying the protective insulation around her nerves. This protective sleeve is called Myelin and when the MS attacks it, it creates scar tissue around the affected nerve cells. The central nervous system is so complicated and damage to any of its nerve cells creates huge problems.
 
Yvette progressively starting getting sicker and was medically boarded a short while later. The MS relapses were happening more often and Yvette got to a stage where she could not walk without holding on to something. It was not long after this she received her first wheelchair. Yvette is a proud girl and hated being in the chair. For years she ignored the chair and walked with a stick but that also came to an end. She can walk very short distances with her walking frame but all other movement is now restricted to her chair. Yvette’s health deteriorated to the point where she is a full time patient imprisoned in her own home or hospital.
 
I can give you a long list of where MS has affected her physical body. Numbness, bladder control, eye sight, and physical pain are the obvious ones but the nerve damage happening in her brain is what concerns me the most. MS can destroy nerve cells anywhere in the body and Yvette has 3 “Scars” on her brain. The brain, as we all know, is the control centre of the whole body and the MS now has this control! And there is nothing that can be done to stop it. We’ve tried them all! From Avonex to Cannabis… But there is no cure for MS!
 
There is however hope! There is a new treatment available that cannot repair the damage MS has done but it can prevent the MS from doing any further damage. This WILL save Yvette’s life! This Stem Cell Replacement procedure is very costly and not covered by our medical aid. The total cash amount we must pay upfront is R650 000. We cannot afford it… 
 
But Yvette nor I will give up! We have set up an account on Backabudddy.co.za where friends can donate money towards the cost of this LIFE SAVING procedure. A friend of Yvette that also has MS managed to raise the money with the help of Back a Buddy and friends and family. She is now currently undergoing the treatment and her life will be saved.
 
I beg you to please help my wife by donating any amount you have spare. We do not have much time to raise the money as this is a race against time. As I’m typing this Yvette is in hospital. She had another relapse this morning and we are waiting for the test results to see what other nerves are destroyed and for how long she must stay in hospital this time round. 
 
Yvette is a good person with a huge hart that does not deserve this horrible decease. Please donate any amount you have spare to help her. We do not have years to raise the money as this is a race against time. 
 
Yvette’s vision is to not just help herself but hopefully help some other patients in need of this treatment. This is one of the reasons we decided to launch this website.
Yvette wants to live! Should you be unable to help her with a donation please help her by sharing her story to your friends or anyone else that might be able to help.
 
Thank you in advance!
Yvette's husband.
 
 
My name is René Hershensohn and I have a twin sister with MS! As the twin that was not affected by the disease, I have always felt such guilt and sorrow for my sister. I was able to carry on with a normal career and have three children. Yvette was blessed with one child but I know she would have loved to have more but doctors advised her to have a hysterectomy at the age of 25 as it might improve her wellbeing. She has had to make so many sacrifices in her life due to MS. She is basically home bound as she finds it to stressful and uncomfortable in public places as people stare and has made comments like “she is drunk” because of the trouble she has with walking. She has no control over her bladder and has had many embarrassing experiences in public.
 
As her twin sister I feel the hurt she is feeling and if I could take it upon my shoulders, I would. Yvette was always the stronger sister from an early age. She was a confident and popular student in school but we always noticed being active and participating in sport activities was always a struggle for her. After school she began working at Rennies Foreign exchange. Due to the stressful nature of the job symptoms began emerging, like rapid weight loss, loss of feeling in her leg and vomiting etc. We were all very concerned for Yvette and finally got the devastating news of her diagnosis. Since her diagnosis 17 years ago I can see how rapid it deteriorated her health. At the rate of her relapses I would not be surprised if she is totally wheel chair bound in the next 5 years or even bed ridden. She hasn’t lived her life yet! She can’t do normal things like a walk on a beach or just going to the mall for a meal. She sits in her house while life is slowly passing her by. I cannot imagine how long a day must feel for her.
 
Simple tasks like going for a shower or cooking takes a huge amount of effort and I can see she is in a lot of pain but as a mother she does what she has to do. Summer time is pure hell for her as her legs feels like it is on fire and there is nothing to ease the pain. For many of us just falling asleep is an ordinary thing, but Yvette suffers insomnia which is torturous. I can go on and on about how MS has put her into this jail that’s her life now This is why this stem cell therapy has given us such hope. Maybe one day we can all walk on the beach or enjoy going out for a meal without worrying about her MS symptoms and she can feel like a normal person without the stares and remarks. Even if it just gives her confidence back it would make such a remarkable difference. As a family we hope and pray for this miracle! There is a cure but so terribly expensive that we just cannot afford it on our own.
 
Any donation large or small will be so much appreciated. Yvette is a funny, intelligent beautiful person and she has so much more to give to this world.
 
Yours truly,
Yvette's twin sister.
 
To read some more Testimonials from Yvette's family or to submit your own please click here.