First of all I would like to congratulate all of TEAM VINAY for our efforts and success so far. All of us as a team have been recognized by the National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP) for our accomplishments, and on November 2nd my father accepted an award on behalf of Team Vinay. We were presented with the Lieutenant General Frank E. Peterson Jr. award. This award is given to an individual, group, or organization for their participation with the NMDP for exemplary efforts in recruiting a substantial amount of minorities on the national bone marrow registry. So congratulations to you all, every single one of you deserve this award! We should be proud of our accomplishments thus far.
As for me things are going well. I now only have to go in for check-ups once in ten days instead of the 2-3 times a week. My counts are looking good and everyday I seem to get more of my energy back. I take walks when the weather permitsâ€¦I did take a little jog the other day to test my staminaâ€¦.I am really out of shape/deconditioned,. After a short jog I was huffing and puffing and it took me a while to catch my breath. But I have to say that it felt good to get the blood flowing. Rashmi bought me some dumbbells and I have slowly started some light weightlifting (trust me its light weight). I spend most of my days watching a lot of sports on TV. Recently I have gotten bored of television so I am trying to make myself more useful around the apartment and I finally finished reading the Lance Armstrong book for the second time, now I am starting to read the Kite Runner.
I know things are going well and I was blessed to have a bone marrow transplant, but there are others out there that are still waiting for a donor. One such person is Sonia Kumar. She is 38 years old and married to Udaya. They have two wonderful boys, Vinay (age 7) and Vishnu (age 4). She is a practicing dentist and was diagnosed with Acute Myelogenous Leukemia. She is need for a donor. There is another teenage boy that I know who is suffering from a blood disorder(beta thalessemia) and needs a donor. I guess what I am trying to say is that we need to continue spreading the word about registering committed donors.
--- Love, Vinay.