Thanks again for all of the words of encouragement and well wishes. I can't express how much they're appreciated...
in regards to "where I stand" on CCSVI, I try to take an open-minded and unemotional view of all MS research and treatments, because early on in my disease I learned that nothing is sure when it comes to MS. Becoming "emotionally attached" to a treatment only served to keep me from being able to assess things objectively. Of course, we all form our opinions, but I've had my hopes raised and dashed too many times to fall into that trap anymore.
I believe that CCSVI will prove to be a significant part of the picture for many patients, but that for others it will play no part in their disease process. I base this on the simple fact that I don't believe that MS is actually any one disease, but a collection of related conditions that share symptoms and some diagnostic criteria. Researchers doing postmortems on deceased patients have already identified at least four different types of MS lesions, each of which exhibits markedly different characteristics. Some show signs of immune activity, others indicators of infectious causes. It could be that one or two of these lesion types is caused by CCSVI, but I doubt that all could be attributed to this one cause.
Anyway, don't mean to start any more debate, just wanted to explain myself. Given the trajectory of my disease, I don't have time to wait to see whether research proves or disproves CCSVI. The anecdotal evidence, in addition to the preliminary buffalo results, convinced me that there's enough to this to warrant me giving it a go. I'm not expecting miracles, although certainly miracles would be accepted. A simple slowing down of progression would have me shouting for joy.
Again, thank you all for the wonderful show of support. At the end of the day, I'd like nothing more than to see this board shut down because it was no longer needed, and that we could all simply move on and live happy, healthy, productive lives. Can I get an amen?