I'm tired of feeling sick. I developed sinusitis two days ago and it just doesn't want to quit. You wouldn't believe how much mucus a body can make. I'm on antibiotics but so far, there's been no resolution. My appetite is also somewhat suppressed, so I can't even grub down on my mother-in-law's famous food. Though I'm feeling tired, I'm still going for my daily walks and I should add that I'm dusting my wife at every corner :) Hope everyone is doing well and I thank you again for your hard work.
Humanity never ceases to amaze me! Over the past six months my family, friends, and I have gone through a lot of ups and downs and there have been moments when I've questioned my faith. After I relapsed, those feelings increased, but now I'm realizing that my faith is actually very strong......strong in people. Because of what I'm seeing through you all, you are giving me the strength to get through these difficult times. Words are words, but when people actually act, it means so much more. Your actions have touched me so deeply.....words cannot even describe how I truly feel.
I finished my last dose of chemo tonight and am really not feeling too many ill effects of the chemotherapy. Lets hope this keeps up. I'm okay, but I'll be honest, this isn't a walk in the park. I know this is hard for people to see and hear, but I want people to know that though I'm okay, this is a hard process.
Eight months ago, I was just like the rest of you......worrying about work, love, and the everyday grind. Now, I've got toxic material running through my veins so I can spend my time with the people I love. In a strange way, I feel lucky. Every person who does the smallest thing to help seems like such a special event. I'm ecstatic about the amount of registrants we've obtained in the last two weeks.....but PLEASE don't stop. I haven't found my match and there are so many out there who haven't either. I want to end this by saying , Thank You. Thank you for being who you are and doing what you do. I'll continue fighting my fight if you can fight with me.
- With lots of love, Vinay
Hi everyone, this is Rashmi writing to inform you all that this is Vinay's third day of chemotherapy. He was in good spirits when he realized that after today, he only has two more days of chemotherapy left. However, he is slightly congested from a cold (which the doctors are keeping a close eye on), and a little sad that I wouldn't be spending the night with him at the hospital. His father is taking over for me as I come home with the Boston part of Team Vinay to prepare for our drives over the weekend. He wanted to let everyone know that although he is tired, he is getting energy from watching the growing awareness and mobilization of our communities nationwide. He can't wait for Sunday to be over so he can be done with the chemotherapy just in time to write you all his weekly message on Monday!
Vinay started his chemo regimen yesterday. He's doing great, watching the most recent season of SCRUBS and spending time with Rashmi(his wife) and Appa(his dad). He requested an exercise bike in his room so he can keep up with Lance Armstrong. Just a little side story. Vinay, my cousin Ashwin and myself took a jog around the local pond in Boston just before Vinay went into the hospital for his treatment.... Suffice it to say that Veece beat us around the pond!!! This was after 6months of deconditioning and 4 rounds of chemo.
First and foremost I'd like to thank all of you who participated in this past weekend's bone marrow drives. In two days we got nearly 1000 people to register!!! Keep up the good work!
Tuesday, I head into the hospital to start treatment. Your support and well wishes will keep my spirits high, so please continue to keep in contact with me.
Vinay successfully underwent eye surgery today. He's in good spirits and is recovering well. He's a bit hypoglycemic from not eating all day but that will soon pass with a belly full of home cooking. Tomorrow he returns to the Ophthomology clinic to have his eye checked and should be able to see again.