Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all of you. I hope this new year brings heath and happiness to each and every one of you. A special holiday wish to my donor and his family. This is the season of giving and we have lots to do still. I know there are drives going on out there, but we need to do a better job spreading the word about these upcoming drives. Post the information on the Team Vinay or Team Sameer websites. Please do not stop this movement, we have done so well thus far but lets not stop. We have to BELIEVE as a community that we can make a difference, take responsibility by acting and not just by talking about it. We need to get the young generation involved, so all of you college and graduate students out there continue spreading knowledge about this cause because we are the future, lets take control of it. On the Team Vinay website we placed a short clip, that clip can be used by all and placed on Friendster, Facebook, MySpace or whatever internet avenue you can think of to increase awareness and involvement.
Like Sameer stated in his blog there are so many out there that are praying for their respective donors to come forward to save their lives (Bevin, Savitha, Dhiren, and so many more as the days go on) so lets give them a great holiday present. The holidays are a great time to spend with family, what better way to have some quality family time than starting or attending a drive in your respective areas. We cannot stop nor should we stop. I know 2007 was a great year amongst our community, but lets make 2008 even better. Let us unite as a community, as one, and help one another because in fact we are all brothers and sisters.
As for me, I am past day 100 and things are going well. My counts seem to be stable so far. At day 100 my doctor did a chimerism test, which tests for the percentage of donor cells versus my own cells in my bloodâ€¦and the results came back as 100% donor cells! This is exactly what my doctor wanted to see which made Rashmi and I very happy. My energy is slowly coming back but I cannot seem to gain any weight. The weather here has made it difficult to go out and exercise but I have been lifting some weights at home. A lot of my free time is spent reading, I just finished The Kite Runner and have started on A Thousand Splendid Suns. I play the Wii once in a while, and trust me I still dominate with one eye, but after January 28th I should have two good eyes so watch out!
Before I finish this blog I would like to send my love and support to Sameer and his family. I know this is a tough time but Sameer if there is anyone that can get through this, itâ€™s you. Throughout our ordeal I have looked to you for your optimism and faith, do not ever lose that. We are all here for you and your family, whatever you need do not hesitate to ask. So keep your head up my brother because this too shall pass. We all love you and will stand by your side.
With lots of love,