Hi everyone! I wanted to share some exciting news with you all! On Monday, my story is going to be on Mexican TV!
Earlier this week, Vicente Valdez, a reporter from Mexican TV station “Televisa” came and did an interview with me, mom, Dr. Cantu (aka green-shirt) and Dr. Barrientos (aka Luigi) about RSD, the ketamine coma and my “Miracle in
Interestingly, we are told that this will be the FIRST segment to ever air about RSD on Mexican TV (or distrofia simpatica refleja, as it is called here)!!!
I am very excited and know that this will bring about much greater awareness of RSD, here in
where so many lives have been restored from it thanks to the dedication and
wisdom of the amazing Dr. Fernando Cantu (who, by the way, I got to see wearing a white "doctors coat" for the first time ever, for this interview!)
...This interview is very important to me personally.
I have been talking so much about my story and doing interviews back home in the US, but the one thing missing from them all has been the faces, voices, smiles and comments of my two heroes who saved my life!
It has been God’s work through their hands that brought me out of the torturous pain and suffering that I lived with for so many years and they deserve all of the glory, honor and recognition for everything that they have done!
It was very special for me to be able to honor them in this way, here in their country, so that everyone in
will know of the miracle and life-saving treatment that took place here and also as a way to thank all of the staff at Hospital San Jose and the many friends and family that we now have in Monterrey, for all of their love, support and prayers.
I have to say though, that filming a segment for Mexican TV is MUCH easier and a lot less “work” than filming in the
The only thing that made this a little more challenging was that I had to speak totally in Spanish!!!
I felt SO proud of both doctors as we sat there, re-living the journey we have all taken together over the past 2.5 years. They did a fantastic job!
Here are some ‘behind the scenes’ pictures my mom took of me and the doctors being filmed, walking around the Safi Hotel, where we have been staying this past week.
Jorge Safi, the owner of the hotel, has been so kind, supportive and accommodating of me and my special situation and we are so thankful to him for making our stay here so comfortable. He even let us use one of the really nice conference rooms upstairs to film the interview in!
Vicente Valdez sat down with the 4 of us and questioned us individually.
First, Dr. Cantu was asked to explain what RSD is, how it occurs, treatment options and his involvement with the Ketamine Coma Study.
Next, he had my mom describe what my life was like before coming to
Monterrey and what led to
our decision to undergo this radical and risky treatment with the hopes of
saving my life.
Then he than asked me to describe what the pain of RSD feels like, what I endured these past 6 years and what it feels like now to have a new life! He also asked me to talk a bit about my meeting “La Primera Dama”—First Lady Michelle Obama!
Last, he interviewed Dr. Luigi. Luigi was the first doctor to see and evaluate me when I landed by private air ambulance to Hospital San Jose 2.5 years ago. Vicente asked him to describe what my condition was like, and what his first thoughts were upon seeing me back then.
Wow. That was rough and very emotional to hear, but necessary to show everyone just how devastating and horrible this condition can progress.
...What can I even say about these two guys?! How do you even begin to ever thank someone for saving your life (multiple times?!)
....I don’t know the answer to that, but what I do know is that they are forever in my heart and will always be a part of my family—my Mexican father and my Mexican brother. :)
The interview will be airing on Televisa Monterrey this Monday (5/7) ! I am told they are going to show the story 3 times throughout the day- Between 6am-10am, and
Televisa Monterrey is channel “
3” on cable, ch. 34 regular TV, and ch. 142
I will post a link to it on here once it is online, as well as a translation of the script for everyone too!
Thanks for checking in!
Dios te bendiga!
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