Human Embryonic Stem Cell Therapy Restores Hope for Amanda

Diwali Festival–Gift Giving in October

It’s like Christmas in October.


Tuesday, October 28th marked both Tucker’s birthday (Woof, Woof Tucks) and the Diwali Festival of Lights in India, which is significant to Hinduism, Sikhism, Buddhism, and Jainism .  Dr. Shroff, her husband, and mother and father welcomed all patients and staff into the lobby to participate in a holy prayer or puja showing reverence to Ganesha and Lakshmi.  The Festival of Lights with lamps, fireworks, candles and anything sparkly that might go POP signifies victory of good over the evil within an individual.   I swear, I’ve never in my life heard so many fire crackers blasting constantly through the night.  While Delhi’s curfew was 10 p.m., the locals stretched their fireworks until at least 3 a.m.  It was as though the grand finale of massive explosives were firing back-to-back with no end in sight.  Thick smoke polluted the air and seeped through the cracks in our windows so even our room was stuffy and smoky.  The Times of India claimed that Diwali symbolized the end of bug season because so many mosquitoes and bugs die due to the intense smoke and smog.  It is also the time of year when the temps drop a fraction.  A few Aussie patients seized the holiday spirit and lit a gazillion crackers in front of the hospital into the street.  Aussie, Aussie, Aussie, Oi, Oi, Oi. Courageous cars flew by amidst loud bangs and random blasts of multiple gun shells firing on the pavement right next to their wheels.  I’ve never witnessed anything more outrageous and unruly that was pure fun.

Kasie Burtard (Rifle), Leah Potts (Aspen), Jim Kaler (New York), and Ted Wachtmeister (Virginia) are all receiving treatment at Nu Tech Mediworld at the same time.  We’re all in Delhi together and everyone is showing improvement.  It’s wild to be half way around the world with friends sharing a unique medical experience that is not only giving us hope, but bringing life to our bodies.  Ours are bodies that have been diagnosed as incurable…yet we are all defying the odds.  We cheer each other on daily in the gym. 

As I wrap up this first blog entry, I want to send super big prayers to my sweet friends—Richard Shenk, Brian Speck, and Case Ronde.  I just spoke with Case via Skype—hospital room in Delhi, India to hospital room in Santiago, Chile.  Case has just undergone a major surgery removing a tumor from his abdomen and part of his bladder.  He is also undergoing radiation targeting two tumors in his brain.  It’s a tough battle, especially for Case and Brian right now.  They are confronting a fight that nobody can possibly relate to unless they are in the same boat.  Please, I encourage you to emanate your love, blessings and a quiet healing prayer from around the world this very moment.  I know they will feel the vibrations.

Until my next installment…with love, peace, gratitude and LIFE,

Amanda (and Michele)—The Boxtel Sisters in Delhi. Xoxo

P.S.  I’ve grown to LOVE curry.  My sister is now the one who spills yellow on her blouses like a true Boxtel.  “Pleeeeeeeeeaze Madam…May I have some more curry.” 

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