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Category: Viji’s Diary

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2011

Every year, during the All India Friends of Max meet we bring out, our by now well loved and eagerly awaited Book of Stories. Printed in different regional languages, this collection of simple sharing opens windows into the lives of survivors and caregivers alike; acting

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EPILOGUE 2010

November 2009   Young Mangesh was approved into the programme last week and he came with his mother, a daily wage earner, yesterday, to collect his first supply. Very normal, routine process of course as it is with any new case that undergoes the process

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2008

This year has been a very special year for Shajahan.His Max Station and dear Beena Chechi would like to add to his story sent last year Max’s 35th birth anniversary fell on the 19th of October, 2008. And Shajahan chose to get married on that

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EPILOGUE 2008

When Dilip Lokhande came to visit in October I realised I had not seen him all of this year. Dilip is a very special person in my life (more on that later) and so I was very happy to see him and see him looking

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2007

Fourteen year old boys can be an absolute delight or absolute terrors. What was a heart wrenching surprise  was the demeanour of this fourteen year old boy, weak from not having been diagnosed for over two months and in pain and discomfort thanks to an

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2006

I spent a major portion of today with two fathers and their respective sons. Ajay, newly diagnosed and only son of his father Nandlal. And Ashwin, newly diagnosed father and his physician son Sushil. Their love and concern for each other, their courage and faith

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2005

This ray of sunshine walked into my office half an hour ago. Shivam. He studies in 6th grade and would love to play cricket the whole day – “par Naani ji nahi maanti” (“but my grandmother will not allow that”). Diagnosed in January of this

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2004

I first met Mohammed almost four years ago, weak from Interferon therapy, alone and friendless and very afraid in Mumbai, only about 21 years of age (he comes from UP.) Some pehchan walla (acquaintance) from his village had guided him to his pehchan walla in

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2003

Today Alfreda came to the office. She came straight from Tata Memorial Hospital after her Bone Marrow Aspiration. As always she was full of chatter and laughter, wanting to ask a hundred curious questions and wanting answers to each of them…even before she'd finished asking

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2002

Tall and broad-shouldered, incredibly handsome, his eyes a warm amber never without a smile in them, a fine figure of perfect health, persuasive with a voice that can cajole a parrot off its perch, Ashish is someone who can make you abandon anything you are