I spent the better part of my life playing an extremely physical sport – football – and up until recently I was not able to do everyday tasks such as comb my hair or even dress myself due to the immense pain I was experiencing. Four years ago I was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease, polymyalgia rheumatica. Prior to that, I was still a very active man. Whether it was rock climbing or playing a round of golf, I loved being outside. It felt like one day I woke up and my world came crumbling down. I was in so much pain that I could not even pull myself out of bed, and eventually I had to be rushed to the hospital. Doctors prescribed steroids which helped decrease the pain, but it was not a natural solution. Every day I felt weaker – I did not recognize the life I was living. I went from a completely active adult to being crippled with pain. My disease was eating away at my soft tissue and I lost 50 pounds at a rapid rate. I worried I would never be active again. There were days I was completely immobile; I couldn’t even imagine swinging a golf club or picking up my camera. My family and friends said I looked like a ghost, and I really felt like one too.
In addition to my pain, I was diagnosed with a heart murmur and atrial fibrillation. I was going every six months to have check-ups on my heart and discovered I also had a slight leak caused by the polymyalgia rheumatica. As the years progressed, my eyesight and hearing had exceedingly gotten worse. Needless to say, I felt as if I was falling apart.
I watched my son suffer from health problems as well. His shoulders were down to a mere five percent of cartilage. He was in constant pain; so much in fact, he had to quit his job because everyday tasks were becoming too difficult. It is extremely hard to watch a loved one suffer and I felt helpless in offering a solution. My son was the one who discovered stem cell therapy. After the stem cell therapy, he regained 98 percent cartilage back in his shoulders. It was absolutely amazing to watch his transformation.
After witnessing my son recover at a tremendous rate, and after speaking with my dear friend Jackie Sherrill about Houston-based biotechnology company, Celltex Therapeutics Corporation, I decided to visit their lab. I was blown away; David Eller, the CEO, was very passionate about stem cell therapy. The lab was extremely clean and modern. After seeing their work up close, I knew using my own stem cells was going to be the best route to recovery.
My first therapy was in March 2016 where I received stem cells in my left shoulder. As with any new therapy, I felt some apprehension, but after checking into the hotel in Cancun, I was completely at ease. My wife and I marveled over how modern and clean the hospital was, and how hands-on the staff was with us. My second trip for therapy was even better. I received a thorough blood test and a visit from the cardiologist. I expected him to tell me I had a heart murmur and atrial fibrillation; he told me that I still have A-fib, but he could not detect a heart murmur. I was astounded with this news.
Now, one year later, I have full range of motion in my shoulders. I can wash my hair and pick up my camera. I never thought I would be able to take another photo, and anyone who knows me knows that photography is my passion. I am traveling again and taking road trips with my family. Overall, I am not suffering anymore.
And the good news continues. My ophthalmologist explained that my vision has improved to the point that surgery is no longer necessary. My vision went from 20/40 and 20/44 to an improved 20/30 in both eyes. In addition, my hearing has seemed to improve as well – in fact, I no longer have to use hearing aids.
I have never felt better – I feel like a younger man! I cannot thank Celltex and the staff in Cancun enough. They gave me my life back.
This is an update letter from Bob, dated October 7, 2016:
To all the staff at Hospital Galenia in Cancun, Mexico:
I am writing this letter to thank all of you for making my two visits to Hospital Galenia, to receive stem cell therapy, such a pleasant time for me and my wife Ann.
Ann and I both agree that Hospital Galenia is the cleanest and most modern hospital we have ever received therapy in.
My first therapy was in March 2016 where I received stem cells in my left shoulder. I was somewhat apprehensive about coming to Cancun for the procedure, but after checking in at the adjoining hotel, along with my friends Jackie Sherrill, Randy White, and Tony Dorsett, I felt more at ease. The management of the hotel were very helpful and cordial to us.
Ann and I ventured over to the Hospital Galenia lobby and commented on how modern and clean it was. The people at the Admissions Office in the hospital were delightful, and they answered all of our questions about our schedule of therapy that would happen the next day.
The next morning Ann and I met Karen Robles in the hospital lobby, and she made us feel very welcome and comfortable about our upcoming medical procedures.
My wife Ann received stem cells in her left knee. All went well, and we were both highly pleased with our therapy.
I returned for the second stem cells therapy to my left shoulder on September 28. Since my wife was not going with me, I accompanied Jackie Sherrill to the George Bush
International Airport in Houston, Texas, where we took a flight on United Airlines over to Cancun, Mexico. I learned much from Jackie Sherrill about stem cell therapy and the positive effects it has made in his life by improving his joints, etc.
After my first stem cell therapy at Hospital Galenia, I had approximately 60% improved movement in my left shoulder and no pain. I call that a miracle. My wife’s pain in her left knee gradually improved after several months, and now that knee is pain free. She is delighted with the stem cell therapy she received.
My second trip to Hospital Galenia was excellent, and I looked forward to seeing the doctors and nurses I had met on my first trip to Cancun. This second trip I received a thorough blood test and a visit from the cardiologist. I expected him to tell me I had a heart murmur and atrial fibrillation; he told me that I still have A-fib, but he could not detect a heart murmur. That made me very happy.
I am home from Cancun now, a week later, and I feel more confident about my health than ever. I am waiting a few weeks to start any major physical therapy on my left shoulder, and I look forward to resume playing golf in the future.
Again, I would like to thank all of the medical staff at Hospital Galenia for their courtesy and professionalism during my visits there. I heartily recommend this procedure to anyone seeking the benefits of improved bodily functions through using stem cell therapy.
I want to give special thanks to Dr. Felix Robles and his daughter Karen for their personal visits to me during my stay at Hospital Galenia in Cancun, Mexico.
Robert L. Lilly