Testimony on Transverse Myelitis
Joanne Leall, female 30 years old from Benguet, Abra is a call center agent. In 2012, she went to work feeling normal. Suddenly, she felt a distinct pain at her nape. It was like someone was kicking her back muscle. Then she felt a tingling sensation that started at her fingertips, then at her right and left arm. She hyperventilated and was rushed to the hospital.
She could no longer stand up and after the MRI and other tests were done, she was diagnosed with Transverse Myelitis.
She stayed for a month in the hospital and went on rehab for twenty-five days. Joanne was worried if she will still recover, but she never lost faith that she would eventually be healed.
Transverse Myelitis or TM is an autoimmune disease that affects the immune system. When the immune system fails, instead of protecting the body from invaders such as virus or bacteria, it gets confused and in the case of TM, it sees the spinal cord as the enemy and attacks its fibers, causing paralysis.
Joanne’s Doctor advised her to take Laminine food supplement for her kidney problem. The Doctor knew that Laminine is a special protein that repairs damaged cells, but was not sure if it can affect the spinal nerves and fibers. She took 7-capsules of Laminine as her daily dosage for the next few months.
After a week, Joanne experienced a significant improvement. She is able to stand for longer periods of time. After four months, she was able to walk and slowly began to go back to her normal lifestyle.
(Source: Be Alive Season 2, Episode 4)