Category Archives: Cristy Kessler

If Canada Can Do It, Why Can’t the US?

It’s interesting that in Canada, a patient can refer herself to a doctor (see below) and request a stem cell transplant to cure her rare autoimmune disease, but in the US, my friend, Cristy, was turned away from countless clinical … Continue reading

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Chicago, Chicago, That Toddlin’ Town . . .

I guess that title will tell some of you how old I am and others will wonder what the heck a “toddlin’ town” is. If you’re curious check this out. In addition to New York, Sinatra sang about Chicago. The Windy City … Continue reading

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Dr. Cristy Kessler and 5 STEPS Advocate Book Tour | Indiegogo

Gearing up for a very important event. We’re taking Cristy’s book, 5 S.T.E.P.S. to Being Your Own Patient Advocate, on the road in July and are in need of funding to help out. Right now, it’s all out-of-pocket expenses, but it is definitely a worthwhile project as the whole concept related to her book has generated a new venture. Our plan is not only to publish additional books (with workbooks) to serve a broader community of patients, caregivers, and medical professionals, but also to provide personalized service through workshops and one-on-one consultations, teaching patients and their caregivers how to open doors that have been shut by conventional healthcare systems. Continue reading

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Five Steps Blog: Cristy’s Mistake

Cristy, like so many others who have been through a dangerous health journey and came out on the other side, explains how her current wellness contributed to her failure to do something she must do to maintain and sustain her … Continue reading

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Keeping Cristy: Part 2

Many of you have seen the YouTube video, Keeping Cristy: One of Our Own, which is also on the One of Our Own website. Keeping Cristy: Part 2 chronicles much of what has happened to date with her treatment. Watch it here: Continue reading

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Cristy in Istanbul for Stem Cell Transplant

An update on Cristy–my friend spoken of in the last blog post: She and her partner Liz are now in Istanbul, Turkey, at Anadolu Hospital where Cristy is undergoing preparatory treatment for the stem cell transplant that will be done … Continue reading

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Keeping Cristy: One of Our Own

Three autoimmune disorders threaten the life of Cristy Kessler, an associate professor at the University of Hawaii. Her health insurance covers very little of the treatment that is needed to save her life. A fund-raising effort on her behalf, http://www.oneofourownfund.org, is trying to raise money to get her the needed treatments. Join us. Continue reading

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