My Journey

December 27, 2008

Remission Achieved but Unfortunately NOT a Matching Stem Cell Donor (40 days from detection)

January 3, 2009

New Year in Hospital Bed, Wife scampering for multiple opinions from various experts, CPAA enters the scene, Ray of hope on financial aid front (1.5 months from detection)

January 10, 2009

Met Dr. Mammen @ CMC Vellore for the first time, HLA samples sent to Histogenetics lab, NMDP to be approached to find a donor. 3rd Round of Consolidation Chemo begins at Hinduja (50 days from detection)

January 18, 2009

Car Sold, House on the block now to raise funds for treatment. Rs 22L raised… Remission Continues. (2 months from detection)

January 25, 2009

Found 6 possible donors with a 6/6 match. Further testing to find any 100% or 90% match @ NMDP. Rs 31L collected (67 days from detection)

February 1, 2009

Bad Fungal infection in Lungs acquired in the hospital. Prolong and expensive treatment start to treat it. Money collected getting spent on fungal treatment (72 days from detection)

February 9, 2009

Rs 10 L in 1 week! Bravo Thakur Engineering students – Hardik, Abhijit, Swati, Vikas..many many heroes… 3 Potential Donors shortlisted. (80 days from detection)

February 15, 2009

Final round of chemotherapy over. Ayurveda option explored but not taken. Now on my own. No more chemo cover. Trying to heal through positivity, pranayama, Puja Paath. (85 days from detection)

February 22, 2009

Agonizing delay in finding the final matched donor. Uncertainty of the future is painful. (3 months from detection)

March 1, 2009

Prayers for finding donor continues. Evaluation of right transplant center/hospital going on in full swing. (102 days from detection)

March 9, 2009

Donor is like a black cat hiding in a dark room. Wishing for a Google-like search engine for finding donors can be a reality someday! (110 days from detection)

March 17, 2009

Our first stem-cell donor registration drive with Datri (Raghu) in Mumbai is on 17-March at iFlex. Definition of being lucky changed drastically. (4 months from detection)