Update From A Close Friend

At this point – I’m sure that most of you are aware Vinay’s leukemia came back about three weeks ago. He enjoyed close to three months at home with Rashmi, close friends and family and was thankful for every minute of it. Shortly after the new year however, Vinay went to a regularly scheduled doctor’s appointment.

After the initial shock and disappointment, Vinay and his family resolved to fight this disease with everything they have. A week after learning of the relapse, they started a different treatment, similar to chemo, called Mylotarg. It was a rough couple of weeks and Vinay went from having a fair amount of energy to being pretty tired and feeling very weak. Although the mylotarg should have been an outpatient treatment, but due to some issues with his liver and spleen, they kept him in the hospital for about ten days. He spiked a temperature on a few of the nights – but all in all, things were okay and Vinay was able to go home and spend his time recovering in comfortable surroundings.

The last two doctor’s appointments have been very positive – no leukemic cells (blasts) and everything else has also looked good. Rashmi and Vinay are hanging in there – and waiting to hear what the exact treatment will be. It seems as though he will have a donor lymphocyte infusion (DLI) or another transplant.

He’s happy to be home and spent the weekend anticipating the Superbowl. Although Rashmi was quite upset that the Patriots lost, Vinay, with his distaste for Boston Sports, was rejoicing inside for the Giants. In fact, so was Vinay’s mom, who turned out to be quite a closet Giants fan!!

Only time will tell what comes next – but we just wanted to update everyone who have been so great in supporting them for the last year. It’s been a rocky road, but we are, as always, waiting for that light at the end of the tunnel. So please continue praying, hoping and believing with us on the next part of this journey. We appreciate all your messages, your calls, and your support. Keep at it – we still need all of you to fight this with us!

always in our prayers

Dearest Vinay,
We are really sorry to hear about your relapse. It's great that u haven't given up and have decided to undergo chemo yet again. Just want to let you know that we are praying really hard for you. please don't give up; keep fighting.

Rashmi akka, hang in there. I am sure everything will be fine. We just need to keep praying.
love u loads.

Prayer for Vinay

Hi Vinay,

Happinness and sorrow both are balanced for every human being. Do not worry! Keep fighting , I am sure you will see a light at the end of the war. I wil certainly keep praying for you. Take care

Prayer for Vinay

Hi Vinay,

Happinness and sorrow both are balanced for every human being. Do not worry! Keep fighting , I am sure you will see a light at the end of the war. I wil certainly keep praying for you. Take care

Vinay's Speedy Recovery

Dear Vinay,

Though I do not know you personally, I know you well through this wonderful site. Don't worry dear Vinay, Sainath Will Cure You, that is for Sure. I am praying for you everyday. Be Brave. Nothing will hurt you. You will live for hundred more years of healthy life. God Bless You Vinay & Rashmi, a pillar of strength.

Love & Regards, Shankari from Mumbai, India

Thinking of you

Hi Vinay and Rashmi,

Just wanted to let you know how often you are in my thoughts and prayers. I know your whole BMC family is thinking of you all the time. It's amazing to see what you and your family have achieved in such a short time - the increase in awareness and focus on leukemia, the importance of participating in bone marrow drives... you have truly made a profound impact on the international desi community! Please know how many lives you have touched - truly amazing!

Love,

Shinu

Prayers from Texas

Vinay and Rashmi,

I'm praying for you guys. This has struck close to home not only b/c you are desi, but my bro-in-law is also a young orthopod...

Keep fighting the good fight. You are an inspiration.

Hi Vinay, You do not know

Hi Vinay,

You do not know me, but last year, I wrote a comment to you. I had not checked your website in a while and I just came to find out that the cancer had relapsed. I am truly sorry about this. I did not get a chance to see the PBS documentary, but I am sure it is truly inspirational. May you and Rashmi find the strength to continue fighting. I will always have you in my prayers.

Regards,
Divya Selvakumar

hey

Vinay and family,
I am just writing you to let you know what an inspiration you are to so many. I watched th PBS special the other night. I can't even begin to fathom what you all must be going through. It was even more amazing to witness the strength and courage you showed and still show. I wish there was something I could do. I put your video on my My-Space page. I am caucasion and I know I can't physically help you but I can help others. I think it is amazing the way you have turned your tragedy into a triumph by getting so many people who never gave it a thought to this kind of thing to actually go and register. You and your beautiful have inspired so many. Thank-you.

Lorye

My prayers to you

Hi Vinay and family,
Hello from Toronto Canada. :)
I was very moved by your story which I saw on PBS last night. I was drawn to the show for 2 reasons. My 7 year old nephew in England was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia - a very rare type called mixed lineage. His prognosis was 60% survival and after undergoing chemo and other treatment - he is now cured.
My second reason is the loss of my wonderful father and hero only 2 months ago. He had pancreatic cancer which spread to his lungs and finally his liver and kidneys. My father was complaining of stomach pains and was admitted to the hospital on November 20th, 2007. 1 month later - after many tests - they told us he had pancreatic cancer and a month later he passed by my side after falling into a diabetic coma. We are all in shock and my mom is taking it very hard - they were married for 52 years. My father was a wonderful man - a strong Hindu from Punjab and the kindest man you would have ever met! I am distraught and greiving his death. In fact, I am on my way to India (Hardiwar) to scatter his ashes with my mom and brother. This will be a very sad journey for me.
So...that is my story. I am so touched by your story and I am praying for you and your family everyday. I have never met you but you will be in my thoughts. I wish I could take this horrible disease away from you so you can enjoy your young life. Sending you positive energy vibes...:)
Nina

Best Wishes!

Vinay and Family,

I saw your story on public television tonight and I was very moved by your love and spirit. I signed up over a year ago through a bone marrow donor program and I want to emphasize to anyone reading this, that the process is easy and completely painless- it is easier than giving blood (but do both if you can)! I wish you and your family the very best and you are in my thoughts and prayers. Get well soon! God bless, Samira

hi vinay,rashmi and

hi vinay,rashmi and family,

Hope you are doing well. Sending a word of prayer and best wishes for a quick recovery. Hoping for a positive update soon

Hey Vinay, saw you in the

Hey Vinay, saw you in the Wall St Journal on Friday and just wanted to wish you all the best.

We all know that you are a fighter and we can't wait to hear the latest on your progress.

Keep up the good work.

Dear Vinay and Rashmi

I think of you both so many times during the day. I think of your courage ,your strength, your energy,your positive will that will ultimately prevail.. Your strength permeates and spreads to all of us.. just in the way you are handling the situation.. You are both so amazing.. and I am so proud and humbled by you both.. the two young lovers who will not give up till they see the other side of the rainbow...
Keep positive and keep humming the happy tune....
Our prayers and thoughts always ...
Love you tons!!!
Viji Aunty

Dear Vinay and Rashmi

I think of you both so many times during the day. I think of your courage ,your strength, your energy,your positive will that will ultimately prevail.. Your strength permeates and spreads to all of us.. just in the way you are handling the situation.. You are both so amazing.. and I am so proud and humbled by you both.. the two young lovers who will not give up till they see the other side of the rainbow...
Keep positive and keep humming the happy tune....
Our prayers and thoughts always ...
Love you tons!!!
Viji Aunty

Prayers, Hopes, & Blessings

Prayers, Hopes, & Blessings your way...Thinking of your strenghth and courage...A lesson to learn...

hii!

hey vini rashmi hema aunty
been thinking about you lots...we all have! good to see vinay's smile...im trying to coordinate with my sis and hope to spend a couple of weeks in boston either later this month or early may. can't wait to see you 3
sending lots of positive vibes!
kavita

So many of us come to this

So many of us come to this website to check up on Vinay. We hope that he is doing well. Please update us as frequently as possible. Our prayers are with Vinay and his family.

any updates?

Hi, I have been following this blog constantly - been praying for Vinay - hope he is doing ok. Appreciate it if you could post an update on his progress....

waiting for update

hey Rashmi
back home at India we are waiting and praying for Vinay please update, we are praying for you

Can you please update us on

Can you please update us on Vinay's progress? I hope he's doing good.

How are you doing?

Hi Vinay,
We are all praying for you. How are you doing?

You will come out of this soon

Hi Vinay,

Sorry to hear about your relapse. I am sure you have the strength and resolve to fight this out. All the best. You are in our prayers.

Nagu and Friends of Rajesh.

We hope Vinay is doing well.

We hope Vinay is doing well. Our prayers are always with him for a quick and complete recovery very, very soon. Please keep us posted on how he is doing.

Hi Vinay, I hope you are

Hi Vinay,
I hope you are doing well, and please do post a few lines to let us know how doing. You are always in my thoughts and prayers; continue to fight and I know that you will be able to get through this successfully and eventually do what you were meant to do: save others' lives!
Get well soon Vinay! wishing you and Rashmi all the best.

take care

Hi, Any updates on

Hi,

Any updates on Vinay..Hope he is doing ok...just worried..will be great to hear about the status.

Stay Strong

Vinay! First of all, I want you to know that my prayers are with you and your family. Though I haven't seen you since graduation from BU, I have been thinking of you pal. I was playing hoops last night, and was telling a friend of our great Fridays of endless ball in South Block. I recalled how strongly you came back from your ACL injury. Although this is a greater challenge, you continue to teach us resilience, courage, strength, and the will to win, and it is those very qualities that you have shown us over the years that will help you get through this. We have learned so much from you Vinay, please don't stop teaching us. Luq---

thinking about you

Dearest Vinay,
I am at DC these days working at the Patent office. Sad to hear about your set back. I pray for you everyday. I strongly believe you will get out of it very soon.

Hang in there buddy.
love
geeta kadambi

Thinking of all of you

Dear Vinay, Rashmi, and family,

I do not know you personally but have kept up with your blog and was so inspired by your attempts to register as many Indian/south asian donors as possible. I had already registered but forwarded your emails to family/friends at that time. Since then, you and Sameer have continued to contribute whole-heartedly to the well being of the Indian American community in the US. For that I am so grateful- not only for myself, my family, and my children, but future generations who will live in this county and around the world.

I hope you are doing well. We are all praying for you, supporting your fight against this horrible disease. You are doing great, keep up your efforts.

With love,
Aparna

Sadly Sameer died yesterday.

Sadly Sameer died yesterday. Keep fighting Vinay. Good luck.

Strength & Love

Dear Vinay & Rashmi,
There is not a day that goes by that I'm not thinking about you and your families and praying. We are sending you love and hope and are taking inspiration from yours, too. There will be a light, we all have faith. Keep fighting and stay strong! We are with you every step! Lots of love, Nina

Hi Vinay and Rashmi

Dear Vinay,

I check your website everyday. I hope you are doing well. We continue to pray strongly for your complete recovery. Rashmi, we are thinking about you. This is a temporary setback and will pass soon. Have faith.

Sudha Prakash
Orange County

Thinking of you

Vinay,
I have been thinking of you a lot lately. I hope you know that my prayers are with you and Rashmi. I wish I was in Boston and able to spend some time with you. I will be back for a little while in June, see you then.

Thinking of you,
Drew Rogers

Your are fighter

Hello Vinaya,
We know your are a fighter. We are sure you can fight this brief setback and get over this to declare victory. We wish you and Rashmi all the best. See you soon in Fremont.
Vijaya & Ramarao Yendluri

This too shall pass

Dear Vinay and Rashmi,
I was disappointed to read about the setback, just when we were hoping to see the light at the end of the tunnel. But I will repeat what Vinay wrote in one of his updates ... this too shall pass. Be strong my friend -- you are always in my prayers.

Dear Vinay and Rashmy, This

Dear Vinay and Rashmy,
This is a small setback and we know you will get better soon and on your way to a full recovery.Our prayers are always with you.Take care.
Love, Aunty Priya and Bhaskar Uncle.
.

Praying for you...

Hi Vinay and Rashmi,

All these days I thought no news would mean great news - but anyways, I am sure you are going to be 100% alright very soon. With so many people praying and supporting you, everything will be fine. Just continue being optimistic and everything will work out .....

Hope Sameer feels better soon....

Saritha

Thinking of you both...

Dear Vinay and Rashmi,

I don't understand why some people have such heavy burdens to carry in life, and I'm sorry that your fight isn't over yet. But it seems that you both have so much strength, determination, and love, and I know that will help carry you through this new phase in your fight. I am praying for you both and hoping that you have some relief and healing soon.

Sending positive thoughts,
Carrie

Prayers for Vinay, Rashmi and family

Hi Vinay, our payers have continued everyday for you and it is wonderful to read all the messages from your family and friends. We hope you continue to fight this and pray for you, your physicians and nurses, for Rashmi and all family and friends. I shall continue to chant Aditya Hridayam for everyone's welfare and peace. Love from all of us at Tustin, CA

Hope you're doing well

Hi Vinay, just checking in with the hopes that you're doing well! Continuing as always to keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

Hi Vinay, You are in my

Hi Vinay,
You are in my thoughts and prayers. I'm praying to God that he will give you the strength to fight through this and recover soon. I've never met you or your family, but I do often check your website to see how you are doing. It was a shock to see the update, as I assumed that you were fine since there were no updates for about a month or so. But I have the faith that you will recover from this and I will continue to pray for you. Take care Vinay.

Shruthi

Still Praying

Hi Vinay,

I am continually praying for you and Sameer. You will be okay because I'm counting on you guys!!! you are our spokesmodels for miraculous recoveries and I know that you two will be okay so hang in there and we'll keep praying! Rashmi stay strong and I really commend you for all the support you've given your family.

Best wishes

Vinay, we are sorry to hear about the relapse but you have come a long way. So hang in there and be strong and God will shower his blessings on you. Our thoughts and prayers for your quick recovery.

feel better soon!

I haven't checked your page in a while so I wasn't aware about what's going on. I pray with all my heart that you can fight this! Please stay strong!

Praying for you

Vinay and Rashmi
Praying for both of you.
Our Love Always,
Lakshmanans

Stay strong

You are in our prayers -- stay strong and keep the optimism.

Vinay Wish you good luck,

Vinay

Wish you good luck, good fortune and Gods' grace as you navigate this path to your complete recovery!

Hang in there

Vinay, you will get through this just fine. With so much good that you have done to the community, the only outcome is a healthy and happy Vinay. So hang in there and we will all pray for your quick recovery.

Dearest Vini and Rashmi, I

Dearest Vini and Rashmi,

I just want to send you both a big hug and lots of love. I am sure the day when Vini is out of the hospital for good (as a patient) is not far away. This nightmare will end and we will all be together watching Hindi movies(not football!). Did I tell you I love you tons?!!

Take care,
Lakshmi auntie

Vinay and Rashmi, As always

Vinay and Rashmi,

As always you keep us in the loop, no matter what is going on. It's a testament to your strength and courage and it will take you beyond this setback.
You are in my thoughts and prayers.

You are in our thoughts

Vinay-Rashmi,
i saw the update today. I wasn't aware of the struggles. I assumed that no update means things are well.
I am glad to learn that mylotarg worked and you are doing well. Both of you and your families have done a lot for community and please know that we are all behind you, in the next part of this journey. Keep up the faith, courage and the conviction to beat this disease. you are in my prayers and my thoughts. Sending some healing thoughts your way..

- Rucha