I am not sure if that gratitude is towards those who have been treated, or to the first adopters at Stanford, and I can only speak for myself, but I am no hero. I am not brave. I feel incredibly fortunate to have been number 515 @ Euromedic, and I would have felt just as fortunate to have been number 1 (that was Rici), or number two (that was Erika). I feel incredibly lucky to have had the funds to do it. Although I would like my statistics to help move this forward so that anyone with CCSVI can have the procedure in a city near to where they live, it was always about me not suffering anymore, and I would step on anyone to be first in line. I actually feel a little bit guilty that I am going for a second procedure before many have had their first. I am glad to read of everyone who has the procedure, and a part of that is that the doctors are gaining knowledge with every intervention. I don't feel brave, or heroic, I feel lucky.
I am sorry to those waiting, and to those who do not have the funds. That takes more strength and courage, IMHO. I am also very grateful to people like Chrystal - who takes on the MSSC, and holds them to account, and for the "Stanford Pioneers" like Rhonda, Mark, Loobie, and Joan Beal, et al, for putting themselves forward and out, that we might all have a chance at health again, when they could just go on with their lives. I could mention a dozen others here as well, and still miss scores.
I appreciate the sentiment - even if not inclusive of me, but I can say that I am no hero.
My name is not really Johnson. MSed up since 1993