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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

Picnic in Sydney this Sunday-Aquatic Park, Longueville

Hi Everyone,
we hope you had a good christmas and/or holiday season. We had an amazing three weeks in New Zealand just chilling out, relaxing, taking lots of long hikes, and spending time in nature.  We're now in Sydney and looking forward to catching up with those who can make it this Sunday January 3rd.  We've picked a venue which is aquatic park in Longueville, on the corner of Stuart and Mary streets.  There are two parks on this same corner, so make sure you look for us in aquatic park first, which is where we will most probably be, if not we will be right at the same corner in Longueville park.  There is plenty of parking around there, and it is also right at Longueville wharf where the ferry stops. There are bbqs and picnic tables, and plenty of shade and a playground for the kids (or just Asha, as the case may be).  If everyone can just bring their own food and picnic supplies, that would be easiest as we're trying to keep things really simple.  We plan to be there from 11-3 and look forward to seeing anyone who can make it then.  In case of rain we'll pick a local pub and post that information here.  We hope you all have a great New Years Eve and look forward to seeing all who can make it on Sunday.



Tammy lord
By ❤️ Tammy
Glad your holiday getaway was good and restful. Enjoy your gathering in Sydney. Wish I could be there. Hope you are all feeling good!
Sarah de Graaff
By Sarah de Graaff
I look forward to seeing you there. Perhaps I'll bring a (borrowed) bub too? So glad you had a good getaway. XX