A Stem Cell Transplant MS Recovery Story


A Stem Cell Transplant MS Recovery Story: Beating Multiple Sclerosis with Humor, Hope & Science Paperback – 31 Mar 2010
by Sandi Selvi (Author)

After being diagnosed with MS in 1995, Sandi Selvi began to decline rapidly and quickly became frustrated with conventional medical options. The drugs had nasty side effects, and in her case, the drugs didn’t work. So, in March of 2000 Sandi joined forces with the brilliant doctors at Scripp’s in San Diego, to, as they so eloquently put it, “Kill her immune system and build a new one” with an autologous stem cell transplant. Theoretically her new immune system could stop the MS. During the two month medical procedure Sandi came pretty close to death, but a $10.99 box of used comedy tapes helped her through recovery, and changed her life.

Laughter is indeed the best medicine — Sandi now shares her medicine, and her medical miracle, through stand-up comedy.

“Sandi makes the toughest journey seem refreshingly funny. Every doctor, comedian and patient should read this great book.” ~ Neil Leiberman, The Comedy Coach(R)

“Love the raw honesty and humor. MS babe who got a stem cell transplant — that alone is a miracle.” ~ Christy Evans Jordan, has MS

“I dog-earred over 20 pages that made me laugh out loud or burst in tears. I was awed by your journey, uplifted by your triumphs and overwhelmed by the simple message of family forever.” ~ Melissa Berger

“Spell-binding — rings true on every level. Inspiring and empowering for anyone facing challenges they think are so insurmountable that they cannot be overcome.” ~ Lynn Ruth Miller, author of Starving Hearts

“I’m so glad Sandi refuses to do stand-up in a wheelchair…because we don’t have a ramp. (For giggles.) Sandi incorporates some great laughs into her MS story, proving that she’s not only a funny comedian but a strong woman as well.” ~ Heather Barbieri, owner of Rooster T. Feathers

“Wonderful, amazing, heartbreaking, inspiring.” ~ Britta Wilder, writer and painter

“Inspiration for anyone diagnosed with a serious disease. It shows that IT IS possible to not only beat the odds, but to pursue your passion at the same time.” ~ John DeKoven, Bunjo’s Comedy Club

“Really good read. Thanks for the insightful look into your life. You’re a brave woman.” ~ Rich Stimbra, Asst. Dir. SFCC

Product details
Paperback: 194 pages
Publisher: Wyatt-MacKenzie Publishing (31 Mar. 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1936214105
ISBN-13: 978-1936214105
Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.1 x 21.6 cm
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Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,062,888 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Humor through adversity, a must read!! 16 May 2010
By Karen Bierach – Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase

Sandi has certainly been through a lot. I appreciate her sharing her struggles with MS. Many can really benefit from her thorough coverage of her illness and recovery. God never promised that we would not have problems in our life and sometimes when it rains it pours but Sandi has really taught us all how to dance in the rain. Her humor is the best. I found myself laughing through the entire book and crying as well. I am amazed at her strength. This book is inspirational.

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