Thursday, April 12, 2012

A Beautiful Birthday Gift

A month after the operation. Still smiling :)
Six months of enduring some excruciating pain, one unforgettable day of operation, after 6 weeks of physically challenging recuperation and after many mental, physical and emotional fight backs later, I finally managed to take my first few steps towards complete recovery today, a day before my birthday. It was like I was learning to walk all over again, one baby step after another. It was one of the most emotional moments of my life.

My knee muscles had become weaker because I hadn’t walked for close to six weeks, hence when I tried to walk I felt like I might fall over any moment. I was still very much imbalanced but managed to make myself steady to take my very first steps after the operation. I was overcome with emotions. Finally I felt no pain while walking; I was almost used to the pain while I walked, so much so it felt weird that I didn’t feel the pain while walking. Although it might take another two to three weeks more before I can make a complete recovery but today was one of the most emotional and happiest days of my life.

It might be a happy co-incidence that I took my first steps towards recovery a day before my birthday on April 12th exactly two years ago when I was diagnosed with ITP as well. My platelet count had miraculously increased to normal levels a day before my birthday. Although my platelet count plummeted 10 days later to below normal levels again. My platelets gradually increased after that and I made a complete recovery by the end of May, 2010.

My status message on April 12th 2010, a day before my birthday 
I don’t know what else to say because I feel too emotional to put my thoughts into words today. My mother has always been a pillar of strength for me and I could never have fought these battles on my own without her undying support and blessings. She is my inspiration. I love you Maa. You are the greatest mother in the whole wide world. And my dear bro as well for his love and support, I don’t know what I’ll do without him by my side.

I want to thank all my closest friends for their never ending support when I really need them. I am so lucky to have such amazing friends in my life. My few close relatives and cousins whom I truly love and trust, you know who you are, thank you for being there for me when I needed it.

And also a special thank you to my dear blog friends. Your amazing comments made me so much stronger, I can’t be thankful enough.

And with that, The Eternal Fighter makes another determined comeback, albeit not spectacular or dramatic like many previous occasions but it was definitely a hard fought comeback.

62 comments:

  1. HAPPY BIRTHDAY AKSHAY!!!
    HAVE A GREAT ONE!!!
    AND A SUPER YEAR AHEAD!!

    Great to know that you are on the speedy path to recovery!! Godspeed!!!
    Best wishes!!
    Take care!

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    1. Thank you very much Sir for the wonderful wishes. Yes, it indeed feels great being able to walk on my own again. :)

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  2. Happy Birthday to you !
    May God bless you to recover soon.

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    1. Thank you so much Abhinav, a warm welcome to my blog :)

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  3. Get well soon Akki, and wish you a very happy birthday! God bless you!!

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    1. Thanks a lot Sir for your lovely wishes :)

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  4. Belated Happy Birthday to You, Akshay!! You are a fighter, wish you all the best!!

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    1. Thanks a lot Saher, a warm welcome to you too here. :)

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  5. Happy Birthday Akshay! Get well soon. God bless.

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    1. Thank you very much Deepa for the wishes. Really appreciate it. :)

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  6. Happy Birthday Akshay :-) Well God has indeed gifted you something which you would really cherish. May God Bless You.

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    1. Yes, I hope so too. Thank you so much Ash for your wonderful wishes :)

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  7. Akshay, Hope you had a wonderful birthday, with your near and dear ones. Blessings.

    And great to note your recovery progress, and your determination.

    Keep it up, great going.

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    1. Thank you so much Ma'm for your kind words. Had a lovely birthday, lovely day spent with my loved ones. :)

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  8. Good to hear everything positive. And give a hug to your mom from my side. :) :) :)

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    1. Thank you so much dear Saru. :) Surely I'll convey your regards to my mom. :):)

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  9. They say God helps those who help themselves. Apparently, the strength lies within you. Yet, I compliment you on the miracle. You have beautifully captured the sensation of being able to walk again. Kudos to your loved ones too. Carry on, Braveheart!

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    1. Thank you so much Sir for such lovely words, means a lot to me. :)

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  10. Happy birthday Akshay. Life is a struggle and a long journey too. With the positive will and courage one can conquer anything. Be positive and take every day as it comes. You write well, keep writing. all the best.
    www.rajnishonline.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks a lot Rajnish for your encouraging words. :) A warm welcome to you on my blog, keep coming back. :)

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  11. you are an inspiration Akshay.

    and that smile in that picture - bless you!

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    1. Oh that is very kind of you to say such a thing Ma'm, I am really grateful. Thank you very much again for your lovely wishes. Means so much to me. :)

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  12. belated birthday wishes Akshay! :)You are a bundle of confidence and determination... :)

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    1. Thanks a lot Gayathri for your wishes :)

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  13. Happy belated Birthday and grt year ahead..God bless

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  14. Thats gr8 news!..Hope you had an amazing b'day :D

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    1. Thank you so much Ana. Yeah had a wonderful birthday :)

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  15. You do sound like a fighter indeed. All the very best. Get well soon.
    Belated birthday wishes, Akshay. With this positive attitude that you have, I'm sure you'll have a superb year ahead. Stay strong.

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    1. Thank you very much Ms.Nambiar for your nice comment, appreciate it. :) Welcome to my blog, please keep visiting. :)

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  16. So, The ETERNAL FIGHTER is back and how, with a BIG bang!!! Many Many Happy Returns of the Day Akshay, Wish you the very best in life, with all your positive attitude and determination... there is no hurdle that will ever come your way! My prayers and best wishes for a super speedy recovery!! Get up soon and get kicking! God Bless YOU! :):)

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    1. It gives me so much happiness to see your comment every time Arti, thank you so very much for all the encouragement and the wishes. :)

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  17. Nice to know that u have almost recovered Akshay:) U look great in your profile picture:) God Bless You:)

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    1. Thank you so much dear for your lovely wishes. :)

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  18. nice ta noe the Progress.... m sure u wud recover very soon.... ya determination haz made it possible !!! sumthin positiv on ya bdae dea bro !!! :)

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    1. Thank you so much my dearest sis, love you. :) Your constant love and support was always there with me to get through some tough situations. I am very lucky to have you in my life. :)

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  19. akshay am so happy to read this post..i knew u l fight the battle and come out victorious from these harsh times...am so happy for u..and yes a belated very very very very very happy bday to u:)

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    1. Thank you so much dear. You know how special your wishes are to me, thank you again. :)

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  20. Hope you get completely recovered soon...:) and belated birthday wishes :) May God bless all your wishes :)

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    1. Thank you so much Valli for your kind wishes. :)

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  21. Belated Birthday Wishes!! And Wish you an awesome year ahead!

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  22. I can't even imagine the amount of stress (physical, mental and emotional) you have underwent and I can only marvel at the way you handled it and come out a winner. I am really proud of you and so happy that things are getting better. :) And hope you had a great bday, my bday psenti! :)

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    1. Thank you so very much Raj for your kind comment, really appreciate it. :) And I finally found someone to whom I can say "Wish you the same" when they wish me on my birthday. Nice to know both of us were born on the same day. I hope you had a fab birthday as well. :)

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  23. BELATED WISHES AKSHAY ..
    ETERNAL FIGHTER THATS HOW WE CALL YOU AND WE WILL :)

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    1. :) Thanks a lot bro. Missed your comments on my blog. :)

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  24. Wishes pouring- count me in- God bless you-Best wishes to you on eve of Birthday and always.
    Cheers

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    1. Thank you so much Sushma for your lovely wish! :)

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  25. Wish you Happy Birthday.
    Good to know that you are recovering well.

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    1. Thanks you very much Rajesh for your constant support and encouragement. :)

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  26. It is strange how creativity can come to you at the most unexpected occasions and you have managed to capture the essence of your experience very well in your blog...the most important part is though that you are doing better now :)Good luck with everything!

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    1. Yeah, I guess you are right about the creativity part. It does come to us at the most unexpected situations. I just expressed my emotions at that point in time, I am glad you liked it. Thank you very much, Amruta for your lovely comment. Welcome to my blog. :)

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  27. Akshay, I'm sure you wd have completed the rehab process and be confidently walking by now. It's so nice to see such amount of positive strength in your life and your writing.
    I hope your studies are going good. Dates are pretty close i suppose. Just waiting to see you come out in flying colors to strengthen the nation with all that effort, energy, and enthusiasm you posses. best wishes. :)

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    1. Thank you Leo Paw for that wonderful comment. I am humbled by the confidence and faith you have in me, I hope I can live up to it. :) I haven't fully recovered yet, just walking only inside the house for now. Need another week or two I guess before I can start venturing out. My preparations have picked up, hope I can recover all the lost time soon. Thank you for your good wishes again. :)

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  28. Akshay i am very happy that you are on the path of recovery-naturally,this is a fighter kid...i am late for your birthday but i wish you along healthy & happy life ahead.

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    1. Thank you so much Indu for you lovely wishes. :)

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  29. soulful post,akshay!
    yes,east or west friendship is always best!
    keep smiling always!:)

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    1. Thank you Sowmya. Welcome to my blog. :)

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  30. I think I have seen you on Twitter or may be on indiblogger...not so sure. Cheers to your courage and fighting spirit. Many many happy returns of the day *belated* May God bless you with more strength.

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    1. There is a possibility you might have seen me both on Twitter as well as Indiblogger. :D Thank you very much for your wishes Chintan. I do know you and I respect you as a writer. Thank you for visiting my blog.

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