Make Me Stronger

A call to action. A cry for help. An opportunity for you to realize your power to give strength to someone affected by a blood cancer (Leukemia, Lymphoma, and Myeloma). Get involved. Make someone stronger.

My Footprint (#mystory)

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I am Ekata, Adarsh’s sister.

On May 25, 2011, my doctor called to tell me I had Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL). The first thoughts that came to mind were – How am I going to tell my parents? How am I going to tell my brother who is a grown man, but still my baby brother?

I wondered…

Will I be around to meet my brother’s kids? Will they know me or just hear stories about me?

How is it possible that I may not be around to take care of my parents? They spent their whole life taking care of us and now it was our turn to do the same for them.

If I do live through this, will I ever be healthy enough to be a mom?

So many questions and thoughts flooded my mind, but that was nothing compared to how difficult it was going to be for me to share this news with my family. Telling them about my condition was harder than hearing the news myself.

After the initial shock and as things settled in, it was no surprise that the message from everyone was the same, “We will beat this together.” and “You are not alone.”

Every day since that day, we find strength in each other and those around us.

I have been tremendously lucky in the amount of love and support I have received from my family, friends, acquaintances and strangers. Whether it’s a silly text to make me laugh, inspirational anecdotes, a night out, booking a trip for me or keeping me company on my sofa when I’m not well enough to do anything else…each of these gestures #makemestronger.

Strength helps us deal with our situations and prepares us for what may lie ahead.

Although my bad days are starting to outweigh the good, I’m blessed to be healthy enough that I’m not in the hospital. I’m able to visit with family, go out with friends, enjoy the city and do whatever it is I want on my good days because I value them so much more. I’m not sure if and when that will change.

So, we take it day by day. Hoping and praying for the best, while we try and prepare ourselves for the worst.

Unfortunately, these emotions and the journey ahead for my family and me, regardless of the outcome, is not a unique one.

There are several people living with a blood cancer who need or may need a bone marrow transplant before their fight with their disease is over. There are several families looking for a match for a loved one. There are people whose lives have ended too early because they couldn’t find a match.

Although this site is inspired by my situation, my story is only one of hundreds. I am only one of thousands that was diagnosed with leukemia in 2011.

Initially, I was very reluctant about my family creating a page for me, feeling all the natural emotions of increased awareness of my condition and the additional attention that I may receive as a result of it.

If I’m being honest, I didn’t think I would ever be 100% comfortable but I try and remind myself of one of the many beliefs my parents have instilled in my brother and me. They always told us that everything happens for a reason. Regardless of whether it’s apparent to us right now or not, and despite the situation, there is a purpose and something that can be done that is bigger than self.

I can no longer ever be a donor for someone else, but there must be something that I can do…

I recently heard that a 19 year old young man we had done drives for passed away. To some, I may be young, but compared to him, my life would be considered a full one.

Maybe my story will reach people who have been fortunate enough to not have been touched by this terrible disease. I could use my situation to create awareness for the need for bone marrow registrants, help convince minorities to register and dispel myths that people have about bone marrow donations.

Maybe I could be a voice for a cause that could use more voices and that will #makemestronger.

Read my updated story – “Heartbroken”

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7 comments on “My Footprint (#mystory)

  1. Shrenik Shah
    June 6, 2017

    Hi, Ekta, my Best wishes as Cancer survivor in 20th year. You may read my blog.

  2. Jaishree
    March 9, 2014

    Dear Ekta , I just saw you on TV and believe me i know your pain . I am a breast cancer survivor myself and I know how it hurts when something like this happens due to no fault of yours . Please let me know if I can help you . I will feel god has given me a chance to do a good deed . God bless you and do not give up hope. Continue to do your karma and have faith that god will find the solution for you .
    Prayers have great powers and I am sure you will live to grow old with your family
    with best wishes and lots of love

  3. Mary
    February 21, 2014

    I am 78 years old. I was diagnosed in 1993 but the CLL started in 1990. I had no trmt. until 2000. I stayed with leukeran and when it stopped I took rituxan. Stay with milder trmts. as long as you can. I have led and had a good life. I drink kombucha green tea each day hoping it helps. Thank God for his blessings.

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  5. sn
    April 17, 2013

    best wishes

  6. makeyourworldbigger
    December 22, 2012

    Dear Ekta,

    I heard about you from a good friend of mine, milloni and I know adarsh as an aquaintance. Since you are on a ,homeopathic path you may already know about Wayne Dyer who recently cured himself from CLL without chemist thru john of god and other holistic approaches including past life regression. In case you have not, I thought I would mention it to you. Also you may have heard of Chris Karr and Louise Hay. I know a medical intuitive t hat can provide treatment as well that are basically vibrational waters. I know it sounds crazy but she has helped many including herself. Please contact me if you want info and I will be praying for you!

    Thoughts of healing,

  7. Anila
    November 26, 2012

    We pray for you to find a match…

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