#1 (01 Jun, 2020)
As my sister’s fundraiser comes to a very fortunate end, I find myself short of words to express how grateful I am from the bottom of my heart for the abundance of best wishes, blessings, love and support that Nikki and our whole family received from you all.
We wouldn’t have been here today if it wasn’t for each one of you who contributed so graciously and selflessly; some who knew my sister or me and some who are even absolute strangers to us. You’ve all been a blessing in disguise for us.
As for an update on my sister’s health -
The treatment so far has been nothing short of difficult and exhausting for her, physically as well as mentally. But we’re counting our blessings to have made it this far. Her resilience has proved time and again that she’s in this fight to win it. She is successfully in the last phase of her treatment now and we’re taking all precautions necessary to facilitate her recovery.
My sister remains a warrior and I believe she’ll come out triumphant from this last phase of treatment like she has from the previous phases.
Hence, I’m closing this wonderful loop that I started through this campaign because I feel like we’ve reached what was achievable, and we shall manage what remains from here on. With Covid-19, the world is facing some significantly terrifying issues at the moment and we hope you all are keeping safe. Our prayers are with you all, along with the deepest gratitude for all your support.
#2 (05 Feb, 2020)
My sister Nikita’s Auto Stem Cell Transplant process has begun. It’s day 2 in an admission of over 20 days and this is the first time I’m staying with her overnight. It’s an understatement when I say I’m truly awestruck to see her perseverance to fight this disease.
Through all the nausea, acidity, itching, body ache, fevers, long days and even longer nights she chooses to wake up and beat cancer’s butt for yet another day.
But I won’t lie about the one place we’re running out of time for arranging funds for her treatment. It’s been a heavy load on our shoulders and we’re running out of funds faster than we had expected.
Her fundraiser ends in 25 days. We have less than a month and are still short of about 30 Lakhs Rupees.
Please help me spread this message as far as possible and consider donating within your capacity because we really need your support now more than ever before. Every single donation counts. Thank you for helping us come this far, all we need now is that last push to get us through this windy sail.
#3 (24 Dec, 2019)
My early Christmas miracle, my sister, Nikita.
Her perseverance through all the ups and downs of this process has now become my inspiration to get through the worst of my days.
These past 2 weeks have been tougher than usual, which is why I wasn’t able to post an update on her health. She’s suffered horrible side effects from immunotherapy which included nausea, body shivers, constant body and headache, itching, shortness of breath and a temperature of 102.6 that won’t go down. She was taken to the emergency Room at 2AM on the night of 10th December, after having dealt with these side effects for 2 continuous days. She was admitted for 4 days while she recovered and is back home now. She will again continue the treatment.
All this has tested her endurance but she’s come out stronger through it all. As I know she always will.
Your generosity has helped me raise 40 lakhs rupees for my sister’s treatment, which leaves us still 35 lakhs short. Please help me spread this word around as much as possible because every little contribution count. Please donate as much as possible for you. We’re utterly thankful for all you people and counting our blessings as each day passes.
#4 (16 Nov, 2019)
First things first, thank you all for your abundant generosity. We wouldn’t have been able to pull this off without the amazing support group that we have found in you.My family and I are more hopeful than ever.
Now, moving on to the reason I’m writing this-
Today was her first day of treatment! and even though she might not look it in these pictures, she feels good. Just thought I’d share the process with the people who made it happen.
#5 (07 Nov, 2019)
I hate to be the bearer of bad news, especially to all of you, who have been a blessing in disguise for me and my family in these past few days. But we’ve had a very bittersweet experience in the past week. Further opinions have confirmed the worst - the nature of her disease is refractory, and not a case of relapse, i.e. she was never in remission (cancer-free). What was believed to be a battle won 7 months ago is an on-going war. The tumour remained in her body for all of these past months, untreated (now larger).
In simpler terms, the tumour is just as stubborn as she is and has been unresponsive to the first line of treatment (last year). The biopsy following the end of first line treatment missed reporting it in its ‘active’ state.
Hence, now she needs to undergo Salvage Chemotherapy (immunotherapy and targeted therapy drugs) + an Autologous Stem Cell Transplant + Post Transplant Maintenance drugs (16 cycles of targeted therapy) for a year, costing approximately 12 + 12 + 50 lakhs, respectively. This is the course of treatment recommended in India as well as abroad, but sadly it isn’t affordable for 95% of people in India. We happen to be one of them. We have had nothing short of an overwhelming response to this attempt at caring for my sister’s life, and I now request you all to continue spreading our message. The estimated cost has been increased massively to 75 lakhs and Nikita needs your help for the treatment. I know it's a huge amount but we're not losing hope. Please do support.