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Help our friend Meena fight Pancreatic Cancer, Please!

Meenakshi Bandekar, Meena to a few of us, her dear, dear friends, is facing the most challenging test of her life.
 
Meena, who has always been an indomitable spirit for those of us who have known her intimately, has been diagnosed with early stage Pancreatic Cancer, medically referred to as adenocarcinoma (Head of the Pancreas).
 
This is the good part. The best part, in fact.
 
For Meena who is barely 52 years of age, neither has great family support nor the resources to fight this dark and lonely battle. Her financial background is impossibly modest. She works in a loss-making small scale unit run by my father-in-law and also works part time, and together she draws not more than Rs.18000 per month post taxes. Her Mediclaim amounts to a mere Rs.3 lacs only.
 
But what is worse, is that she can draw upon next to nothing in terms of raising money for her treatment, which amounts to a sizeable 20 odd lakhs and more.
 
As some of you would already know, Pancreatic Cancer is not an easy foe to fight; either physically or monetarily. And without the latter, the first becomes a veritable impossibility.
 
She is under the very capable treatment of one of Mumbai's most renowned and humane Oncologists, Dr. Boman Dhabhar, at Fortis Hospital, Mulund.
 
We are most fortunate in the fact, that unlike most pancreatic cancers where early detection happens but rarely with the cloud of mortality hanging overhead, Meena's has been detected at a stage where she has every chance of getting her normal life back. And we intend to make the most of this fighting chance.
 
This fightback can happen through a combination of two to three cycles of pre-operative chemotherapy followed by an operation for removal of mass, and then at least 6 to 7 cycles of chemo along with radiation therapy.
 
This is intensive treatment, any which way one looks at it, and she just does not have the financial wherewithal to cope with it. Every cycle of chemo (Folfirinox) will set her back by a good 1.4 lacs at least. The operation will cost another Rs.3 to 4 lacs. There will also be the cost of drugs and periodic hospitalisation which we cannot account for at this stage.
 
In addition, her physical state will not allow her to go about her daily work or routine either. All in all, we are looking at a very grim 8 to 9 months scenario.
 
But the only thing that keeps Meena, and the rest of us, her friends, going, is the prognosis; that if we do this right, just as the doctors and the surgeons advise us to, we can actually beat the dreaded C.
 
And that's why we are here.
 
Meena is that brave soul, who is the last person on earth to take favours from anyone, but just this once, she doesn't have an option. We friends will obviously be doing the best we can to help her overcome this difficult hour with our money, advise, time and resources, but we just cannot do this alone.
 
We desperately need to rely on the kindness of more friends and strangers to see us through this heartbreak of a phase. For we cannot afford to lose this wonderful gem of a human being.
 
Thank you for reading through this appeal and being with us so far. Please do share this appeal by circulating it in your WhatsApp groups and fb pages, talking to your networks and/or contributing in whatever you can. We can never thank you enough for your kindnesses. May God or whoever you repose your love and faith in, be with you always.
 
On behalf of our dear friend, Meena Bandekar;
Vistasp Hodiwala
Anahita Hodiwala
Zarineeta Gandhi
Sachin Gandhi
Ashish Medhekar
 
Dr. Dhabhar's Observations (b)
Dr. Dhabhar's Observations (b)
Dr. Dhabhar's Letter
Dr. Dhabhar's Letter
Histology Report
Histology Report
Dr. Dhabhar's Observations (a)
Dr. Dhabhar's Observations (a)
PET-CT Scan Report
PET-CT Scan Report
Estimate for Half Cycle of Chemotherapy
Estimate for Half Cycle of Chemotherapy
Dr. Dhabhar's Observations (c)
Dr. Dhabhar's Observations (c)
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21st June 2018
Dear Friends,

It's time for another update.

Our friend Meena's third chemo cycle started yesterday. In medical parlance she is just past one and a half chemo sessions now and she is holding up very well. The doctor has decided to treat the cancer even more aggressively given the fact that is being able to withstand it so well. Because it's very necessary for the tumour to come down to a manageable size before an Onco surgeon decides to operate.

This has also been possible thanks to the love, goodwill and contribution and word of mouth we have received from you by way of your generous support. We can never thank you enough, how much ever we may try.

God bless you and your loved ones and hope you have a most wonderful life ahead!

Warm regards,
Vistasp Hodiwala
Dear Friends,

It's time for another update.

Our friend Meena's third chemo cycle started yesterday. In medical parlance she is just past one and a half chemo sessions now and she is holding up very well. The doctor has decided to treat the cancer even more aggressively given the fact that is being able to withstand it so well. Because it's very necessary for the tumour to come down to a manageable size before an Onco surgeon decides to operate.

This has also been possible thanks to the love, goodwill and contribution and word of mouth we have received from you by way of your generous support. We can never thank you enough, how much ever we may try.

God bless you and your loved ones and hope you have a most wonderful life ahead!

Warm regards,
Vistasp Hodiwala
6th June 2018
Dear Supporters,

I would like to share an update once again for it's been a little over a fortnight since this appeal was made. Our friend Meenakshi is undergoing her second chemo starting today. She has held firm, and exudes the kind of positivity that bodes well for us, her dear friends. Dr. Dhabhar has spoken of at least two to three more cycles before he recommends an operation. On our part, we ardently hope her cancer is in retreat and that she holds up well as she did after her first chemo treatment.

There is no shame in saying that it is your love, faith, and generosity that has got us here in the first place and we cannot thank you enough for that. While we have barely crossed the 1/3rd mark in terms of the corpus we want to raise, I don't think we can complain at all for the amount that has come our way so far.

For a few days now, the donations have dried up but that's understandable since the appeal has now hit a wall in terms of 'shares'. When the word stops getting out, that's bound to happen. Our only request therefore (only for those who haven't been able to share the appeal so far, since one wouldn't want to put the burden of ‘sharing’ on those who have already done so, over and over) is to make this travel into that ether of love and generosity where magic begins to happen. If it lingers in that wondrous space for a few more days, we might just get a little more help, which would in turn go a long, long way in planning for our friend's treatment.

But we cannot end this without saying that you have already done more than enough dear friend! So if you wish to ignore this update, that's perfectly understandable too!

Here's wishing you have a most wonderful day. May you be blessed with all things bright and beautiful! For you deserve nothing less.

Warmest,
Vistasp Hodiwala
Dear Supporters,

I would like to share an update once again for it's been a little over a fortnight since this appeal was made. Our friend Meenakshi is undergoing her second chemo starting today. She has held firm, and exudes the kind of positivity that bodes well for us, her dear friends. Dr. Dhabhar has spoken of at least two to three more cycles before he recommends an operation. On our part, we ardently hope her cancer is in retreat and that she holds up well as she did after her first chemo treatment.

There is no shame in saying that it is your love, faith, and generosity that has got us here in the first place and we cannot thank you enough for that. While we have barely crossed the 1/3rd mark in terms of the corpus we want to raise, I don't think we can complain at all for the amount that has come our way so far.

For a few days now, the donations have dried up but that's understandable since the appeal has now hit a wall in terms of 'shares'. When the word stops getting out, that's bound to happen. Our only request therefore (only for those who haven't been able to share the appeal so far, since one wouldn't want to put the burden of ‘sharing’ on those who have already done so, over and over) is to make this travel into that ether of love and generosity where magic begins to happen. If it lingers in that wondrous space for a few more days, we might just get a little more help, which would in turn go a long, long way in planning for our friend's treatment.

But we cannot end this without saying that you have already done more than enough dear friend! So if you wish to ignore this update, that's perfectly understandable too!

Here's wishing you have a most wonderful day. May you be blessed with all things bright and beautiful! For you deserve nothing less.

Warmest,
Vistasp Hodiwala
24th May 2018
Dear Friends,

What an educational, humbling, and in many ways, extremely inspiring time this has been for all of us personally.

It's been 3 days since we made this appeal and we have managed to gather close to Rs. 4,63,000/- for her treatment. What has been truly exceptional is watching how a genuine cause manages to rally so many good souls across the world into doing what is required. Friends we have known have poured their compassion and wallets out, some of who even chose to remain anonymous despite substantial contributions. But even more humbling is to witness how people who we have had just a passing acquaintance trusted in us completely to make this count. And then there are those angels who we don't even know and who have yet managed to put their faith in us by contributing with all their heart.

How does one ever repay debt like this, one wonders?

But this needs to be said too...

Most of us faced with a situation like this have a tendency to feel that the cause we have taken on is possibly the most urgent and the most deserving of all. We were likely of the same bent of mind too. But one cursory glance at Milaap's home page was enough to disabuse of any such notion. So many people out there need our help. So many...

And yet, at the same time, we cannot afford to lose our own focus. Because all that we can do is concentrate on that one person who we know and who we can help with all that we have got.

And to that effect, this fundraiser is yet quite far from having achieved its target. So I share this update in the hope that those of you who have already contributed can share the appeal once again through your networks on fb and WhatsApp, just so we can come somewhere close to achieving what we set out to do.

One more thing. When you circulate the appeal, please, please  do mention that the good folks at Milaap have pledged 20% for every contribution that comes until tomorrow, that is Friday the 25th. On all accounts, that is indeed a great help too.  

Have  a nice day my friends. Thank you is too small a word for the generosity on display, so let's just say (with thanks to the exceptional poet-singer who wrote this):
"May your heart always be joyful
May your song always be sung...
And may you stay... forever young (in mind, body and spirit, if we may add.)

Warmest,
Vistasp Hodiwala


Dear Friends,

What an educational, humbling, and in many ways, extremely inspiring time this has been for all of us personally.

It's been 3 days since we made this appeal and we have managed to gather close to Rs. 4,63,000/- for her treatment. What has been truly exceptional is watching how a genuine cause manages to rally so many good souls across the world into doing what is required. Friends we have known have poured their compassion and wallets out, some of who even chose to remain anonymous despite substantial contributions. But even more humbling is to witness how people who we have had just a passing acquaintance trusted in us completely to make this count. And then there are those angels who we don't even know and who have yet managed to put their faith in us by contributing with all their heart.

How does one ever repay debt like this, one wonders?

But this needs to be said too...

Most of us faced with a situation like this have a tendency to feel that the cause we have taken on is possibly the most urgent and the most deserving of all. We were likely of the same bent of mind too. But one cursory glance at Milaap's home page was enough to disabuse of any such notion. So many people out there need our help. So many...

And yet, at the same time, we cannot afford to lose our own focus. Because all that we can do is concentrate on that one person who we know and who we can help with all that we have got.

And to that effect, this fundraiser is yet quite far from having achieved its target. So I share this update in the hope that those of you who have already contributed can share the appeal once again through your networks on fb and WhatsApp, just so we can come somewhere close to achieving what we set out to do.

One more thing. When you circulate the appeal, please, please  do mention that the good folks at Milaap have pledged 20% for every contribution that comes until tomorrow, that is Friday the 25th. On all accounts, that is indeed a great help too.  

Have  a nice day my friends. Thank you is too small a word for the generosity on display, so let's just say (with thanks to the exceptional poet-singer who wrote this):
"May your heart always be joyful
May your song always be sung...
And may you stay... forever young (in mind, body and spirit, if we may add.)

Warmest,
Vistasp Hodiwala


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