Hello everyone, this is Bharath (Vinayâ€™s brother). Sorry for keeping many of you in the dark about Vinayâ€™s progress. Our family is so concentrated on his progress that we do not get the chance to update the rest of our extended family (YOU)! Through this amazing journey Vinay, Rashmi and the rest of us have met some incredible individuals. We truly have been blessed with so many well wishers who have been motivated to make a difference in our community. Thank you.
Well, I was lucky to be with Vinay when he started his â€œpre-treatmentâ€ for his transplant. He had several days of high dose chemo and radiation. This really wiped him out. He slept most of the days and I remember him saying that â€œI canâ€™t keep my eyes openâ€. He did develop a bit of mucus production and throat pain from the treatment that prevented him from eating as much as he usually does (his usual appetite being 5 pancakes with 3 scrambled eggs on top with a layer of aunt gemima syrup).
Day Zero is fondly known as â€œyour new birthdayâ€. That day was August 24, and the day Vinay received his transplant. Most people say the transplant is anti-climactic but I could sense that this day would always be very special for Vinay. His energy and the tone in his voice showed a renewed enthusiasm. The transplant process is a long one, and Vinay has been tired with plenty of body aches and fevers but this is all par for the course and his doctors state that he is actually doing extremely well.
For the good newsâ€¦it appears that the bone marrow transplant is â€œengraftingâ€. His counts are showing signs of recovery and it is clear that the wonderful donors cells are now taking seed in his own marrow. What an amazing concept!!! I cannot imagine how proud the donor must feel. His altruism has helped my brother have the chance of life. I hope we will meet him someday. I cannot wait to reach out to you and your family and express our gratitude. I only wish that one day that I can be so blessed to be able to help save someoneâ€™s life in the same way.
Transplant recipients state that the road to recovery is not a sprint but a marathon. But I know that Vinay has the fortitude and energy to surmount any obstacle. Vinay and Rashmi send their love to all of you, and when he is feeling stronger he will write to you all again. If all goes well, he may be recuperating at home in a week or so.