A high-risk trial in Canada resulted in a woman with multiple sclerosis regaining several physical skills.
Jennifer Moulson had the first symptoms of multiple sclerosis when she was 21. Five years later, she was in a wheelchair, unable to dress herself or cut up her own food. Today she skis and goes kayaking.
Moulson got her life back, she says, thanks to the doctors at the Ottawa hospital in Canada, where she was admitted onto a trial that she knew could kill her. But she felt there was no other option.
“I knew going into this study what the risks were,” she said. One of the drugs caused seizures, so she had to be on medication to prevent that.
Another could cause all your organs to shut down.
“Looking back I had no other choice but to take part in this. I had tried all the other therapies and they were obviously not working. So I put my life in their hands and I took a leap of faith.”
If there had been the drugs that exist today, Moulson might have thought twice about the trial the she joined in 2001, she admitted.
“It was rough,” she said. I’m not going to sugar-coat it – it was really, really rough. It’s for people with aggressive MS. This is a really last option, for sure. It was really gruelling.”
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