John is a caring, thoughtful well loved man. He wishes the best for everyone. For all the 18yrs he has struggled with his PPMS, through the loss of leg strength, (cannot stand or walk anymore), the loss of bladder and bowel control, the loss of his arm strength, (cannot move his arms anymore), the weakening of his diaphragm (difficulty breathing now), the inability to swallow correctly, (cannot eat food - fed by tube only), through all these losses this man is still gentle, loving, and caring towards everyone who crosses his path. When he meets you he smiles and wants to know, "How are you? How is your day going?" He is a man who lies in bed (cannot get up into his wheelchair now), thinking of others, thinking of how everyone is doing. He sleeps 75% of the day due to his chronic fatigue. He does not complain. He does not ask for much. He wants to say thank you to all the people who have written letters to the Canadian government on his behalf. He is forever grateful for your caring, your compassion and your time. He is hoping for CCSVI treatment, hoping it will stop the progression of his MS, to prevent the obvious next step and save his life and remove or decrease his CCSVI symptoms. John, his wife and his two children thank you from the bottom of their hearts. We will keep you posted on any developments regarding John and his request for CCSVI treatment.
email Dalton McGuinty firstname.lastname@example.org
Dear Premier McGuinty,
Please try and save John Robinson. Please immediatley approve him for CCSVI treatment.
But I do not want to forget John Robinson. Does anyone have a blog or website set up where we could continue to post his campaign? PM if you do.
I read of Barb's improvements and I think: why can't Canada let everyone have that? What does John Robinson have to lose, what does he have to gain? And who else out there is dying of MS with this just out of reach?
I was just reading the Barrie Examiner article from yesterday, I came across this (about her pre-procedure condition):
But there's a reality as well. Barb's condition is advanced. She has a feeding tube because she can't swallow. She's been bed-bound. The brief times she tried to utter a word, she has barely been audible. A do-not-resuscitate order, issued before the trip was even conceived, still stands. A month ago there was a family discussion about a transfer to Barrie's new hospice facility.
"I am at a loss for words about how they can let somebody deteriorate to the point of death," said Paulette O'Leary, a Toronto neuroscientist with MS who underwent the procedure in the U.S. last month. "I'm devastated, as a health-care professional, that we cannot help people.
"I'm still beyond words on how they can deny someone who's going to die."
http://www.thebarrieexaminer.com/Articl ... ?e=2637475
I don't think there's time to wait for Canada to come through, but I don't know square one about how to organise treatment for John. She says that he would be able to withstand the seven hour drive to Albany if there is a doctor there (Siskin, or some other undercover doctor, is there one??).
updated to add: driving would be better for him than flying; she has contacted Dr. Siskin this week and is waiting for the first phone call back; it is a terrible shame that people this ill have to try to travel this far to get treatment; if anyone knows of an undercover doctor close to Albany, please pm.
Please keep him in your prayers and thoughts as well.
Not sure where else to post this, I'll move it if there's a better spot, but it's Canadian and Dr. Sandy MacDonald news: a lady on Facebook is saying she has been chosen to be in Dr. MacDonald's clinical CCSVI trials starting in November! So he is doing a study? How is this related to the whole being shutdown-by-Canada? Treatment as part of research is allowed but straight-up treatment is not? Because he owns his own imaging center, there is no irb involved? While he is doing research, will he still not be allowed to perform any compassionate exemption cases on the side?