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James’s Story

Welcome to our CaringBridge website. We've created it to keep friends and family updated about our loved one - James Saldanha.
This myeloma journey is long and there are many ups and downs.  This site, and the guestbook messages left for James and I, are really what keep us going and motivated through the epic battle we are facing.  So please, visit often, and drop James a line of encouragement, love, and support.  His face lights up when he gets new messages, and they give him reason to battle on.

Visit often to read the latest journal entries, visit the photo gallery, and write us a note in our guestbook.

It does say background story here, so I'll give you a fairly in-depth one.  James is sleeping and so I have a moment here.

James was born in Mumbai India in July of 1970 and moved to Australia with his parents in December of 1970.  He had a happy childhood in Sydney's western suburbs, enjoying mates such as Jerome and Andrew and of course younger brothers Orion and Jarrod.  James attended University of Western Sydney studying microbiology, and then worked for many years at Wyeth.  He then decided to get into business and got involved with the company that would eventually become whitech.  

On James' 32nd birthday, his life really began (humor me here) when he met Carlin while out at a pub celebrating his birthday with mates.  We won't mention the name of the pub, but let's just say it was a super classy establishment (yeah, right!).  Anyway, they hit it off, and next thing you know, on December 19th, 2003 James and Carlin got married in Sydney.

James and Carlin have been married almost 7 years and during this time we have had so many adventures, the highlight of which is undoubtedly the year we spent traveling around India.  We talk about that trip every day in the hospital here to raise James' spirits.

James and Carlin set off for America in June of 2009 to spend some years living near Carlin's friends and family.  After enjoying an amazing 2 month road trip around the USA, we settled into life in Minneapolis where James got to know many of Carlin's childhood friends and family.  Sadly, it was in Minneapolis that James began to feel pain in his chest, which we attributed to a freak hottub accident involving James ,4 hot jivamukti yoginis, and a big hottub cover (James you legend!).  In December 2009 we moved to San Francisco to be near Carlin's grandmother and enjoy a much-anticipated life in San Francisco.  James' ribs were still bothering him though, so we got some xrays.  The xrays showed nothing and we were sent home.  In the following several months James' ribs had cleared their pain, but his back was quite sore.  We attributed this to sore muscles from having overcompensated for the previous rib injury.  Yes we are always thinking there is a simple answer and you should just try salt baths and magnesium (lesson here people- coming up).  Well, around the end of March 2010, poor James' back had really reached breaking point, and he proceeded to rest in bed- not being able to get up, until we finally got some medical advice.

Carlin's amazing grandma Lillie was much concerned over James' condition and called a family friend who is a doctor.  He spoke with Carlin, and urged her to bring James to the hospital immediately.  An ambulance was called (though really, at least Carlin thought it was still nothing serious, James now admits he secretly did wonder if it was something much more serious), and when we arrived at the emergency room Friday April 9th, 2010 a blood test and CT scan quickly revealed James had most probably bone cancer, soon confirmed via a bone marrow biopsy to be multiple myeloma ( an extremely rare form of cancer, even more rare in those under 40- we always knew he was 1 of a kind!)

And that day, Friday April 9th, 2010, is the day that has changed our lives and marked the beginning of our epic battle with multiple myeloma.  We are determined to try our hardest to win this battle, and face it head on with dignity, strength, integrity, and the power of positivity and perseverance.

Latest Journal Update

Counts Holding Steady

Hi Everyone,
James got another round of test results back today, and he was all clear on the MRI and urine test (meaning no myeloma damage to kidneys or bones at this stage-besides pre-existing back damage of course).  His blood counts, which had risen twice in the last month, came back at the same level as 2 weeks ago, which frankly feels like a slight victory given how rapidly they were moving during the last month.
So what this means in the immediate future is that he does not need to commence chemotherapy at the moment.  But, he remains right at the threshold of needing to go back onto chemotherapy, so we're hoping he can continue his recovery from a winter full of infections and keep getting stronger daily to keep those counts at bay.  He has in the last week or two resumed his big fitness regimen of 6am jogs with Asha in her stroller (with a stop at the park for Asha to go on the swings and the slide), lots of core exercises, and daily yoga and meditation.  He was unable to do any of this the last 4-5 months while he battled non-stop infections.  He is feeling stronger and better daily, and we can only hope that his immune system is also getting stronger daily.
We have aspirations to go on a family road trip over the Christmas holidays, and are hopeful that his next blood count in a few weeks time will also be stable so that we can head off.  More updates then.
Thanks everyone for your continued support.  He says it's really helped him during the last 2 weeks and he is sure it has contributed to his counts stabilising for the first time in over a month.

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Inji Inji
that's such fantastic news guys!!!!!!! So, so relieved :)). Road trip sounds massively fun!! I hope it's down south and that you can call in & see me in Newcastle. I'd be over the moon to have you visit my new humble abode.
Lots of Love, Light an blessings of Oneness your way.
Piper Mavis
By Piper
Thinking of the three of you and sending lots of love. xoxo
Samuel Lee
By Sam
This is great news! And 6:00 am daily jogs with Asha? Wow, that's dedication (words from a chronically not-morning person). Keep it up, my man. And Carly, I've seen you handle the biggest plate in history for nearly two decades. It's amazing, and sets a very lofty example of how I can better myself as a fellow parent and health practitioner-in-training. Lots and lots of love!
Natalie Therese
Sounding positive well done James. I will keep a daily meditation dedicated to you whilst you are going through this low patch. X
Jasmine Keller
By Jasmine Keller
Love you all to bits & hold you in my heart & spirit with much joy! Love & Light from your,
Jasmine ~
Nicole Bugden
By Nicole, Matt, Alice and Olive
Fantastic news! A big relief I'm sure. All of your hard work will pay off. Sending you our love and wishes to get stronger and stronger. Xx
leanne Eastwood
By Eastwood family
Super work Team Saldanha . If you head this way on your road always a place for you to stay xo
Andrew Vassiliou
By Andrew
Great news buddy, take it easy stay well
Gloria Ghedini
By Much love, Aunt Gloria
This is the commencement of good news to continue. I hope that your road trip will be relaxing and fun. Keep up your wonderful spirit!
Cristi Morf
By Cristi
It is so nice to read some positive news! Hooray for James getting to go out an exercise with Asha again! If any family deserves a fun holiday road trip it's you guys....I'll keep my fingers crossed that it can happen. You are always welcome with us if your ventures head north. Your family is continually in my thoughts. Xx