Here is the writeup that I sent to Dr Nitin, my Ayurvedic doctor for sharing with his students and others. It is a chronological summary of my journey with MM.
Diagnosis: Diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma in Oct 2011
Jan 2012: Underwent Autologous Stem Cell Transplant at Apollo Hospital, Hyderabad. Started taking Thalix 50mg initially and later increased to 100mg.
Dec 2014: There was a relapse and my Oncologist advised that I should go for another round of Stem cell transplant after three months i.e. in Apr 2015
He also changed my medication to Lenolidamide 10mg (Chemo drug)
After scouring the Internet I came across a blog by another MM patient , who was using Natural supplements to manage her condition successfully for a decade. I too started taking Haridra, Ashwagandha, Shigru, Punarnava from ‘Himalaya’ brand .Many other bloggers too recommended Curcumin but because I did not know where to get it I began using Turmeric in the form of Haridra from ‘Himalaya’.
I was experimenting with the above. I also informed my Oncologist that I was taking the above medications and he did not have any objection.
In fact he himself had advised me to take Tinaspora cordifolia ( a herb) , after my transplant for improving my immunity.
Apr 2015: Was lucky to get introduced to Dr Nitin Kochar , Mumbai by Dr Gayatri ,MM patient from Delhi when I told her that I was using Turmeric. Met her via a social networking group named ‘Yoddhas’. Started taking Curcumin and Punarnava and followed diet given by Dr Nitin Kochar along with Lenolidamide. Finally I was in professional hands and it was a great relief.
Bone marrow test was done at the end of May 2015 which revealed that MM was in Remission. There was no mention about second time transplant 🙂 . My Oncologist obviously was surprised was happy too.
Oct 2015: Continued taking Curcumin along with Lenolidamide. Bone marrow test was done and my M Spike was zero. Yayyy !!
Feb 2016: My TLC count, neutrophils became very low. The counts were decreasing gradually over the past few months. Started experiencing several infections simultaneously. My Oncologist advised me to stop Lenolidamide. I continued taking Curcumin , Ashwagandha and other herbs and followed the diet as per Dr Nitin’s advise.
May 2016: Bone marrow test revealed MM in remission . I have not been taking Lenolidamide for the last 3 months. No more Allopathy.
Currently taking Curcumin , Ashwagandha, Nimbodi, Bavchi during the last 3 months. Have been fasting once a week and taking diet as per Dr Nitins advice.
My Oncologist told me to take a break from medication for another 3 months.
Hopefully this will be a permanent break 🙂
My experience with Fasting : I had never fasted all my life. I was nervous initially. I currently fast once a week. I am not supposed to eat anything till dinner time. I can take tea/coffee two or three times during the day. Only if my stomach rumbles and feel weak I am permitted to eat a fruit. I can manage with three servings of fruits . Only Luke warm water to be taken throughout the day. For dinner I am allowed to take vegetable soup and kichdi (single pot meal cooked with lentils, rice and veggies) . I eagerly look forward to eat the warm bowl of kichdi in the evening and feel grateful for the food. It is a great feeling . I am enjoying my days of fasting. Makes the body feel light. Makes the food during the rest of the days taste great.
I also did my own research on the Internet on the effect of fasting and read that Fasting makes the cells go into repair mode. This period of rest heals the cells and tissues in the body which is very important for a healthy body. I am convinced and surely we can give up food for one day in a week for improving our health. The side effect of Fasting is better health 🙂
On other days too , I follow the Diet given by Dr Nitin. I avoid Sugar, Maida , Milk , Wheat , tur dal and have more of millets , Moong dal , chana dal , veggies , nuts .
Feeling good , happy and quite comfortable now. Wish to share my miracle with as many as I can so they too can benefit from Ayurveda , Fasting and proper diet.
~Sarve Janaha Sukhino Bhavanthu~