At this point â€“ Iâ€™m sure that most of you are aware Vinayâ€™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 doctorâ€™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 â€“ 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 doctorâ€™s appointments have been very positive â€“ no leukemic cells (blasts) and everything else has also looked good. Rashmi and Vinay are hanging in there â€“ 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.
Heâ€™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 Vinayâ€™s mom, who turned out to be quite a closet Giants fan!!
Only time will tell what comes next â€“ but we just wanted to update everyone who have been so great in supporting them for the last year. Itâ€™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 â€“ we still need all of you to fight this with us!