On January 31st, 2017, at the age of 47, I suffered an extremely rare catastrophic hemorrhagic stroke in my cerebellum, underwent two brain surgeries, and spent a month in a medically induced coma. Not just my life-changing debilitating illness, later on, I had to quit working, and on top of that, I also went through a divorce.
My life journey is unique, a journey complete with excellent highs and heart-wrenching lows. After my stroke, I was completely bed-ridden initially, then started using a wheelchair, then a walker and now on a cane. I had done so many treatments/therapies in Western and Eastern medicine to help me heal my mind, body, and spirit. I felt profoundly grateful and thankful to have this second lease on life and wanted to give back to society - i.e., to help others going through adversity or any other life changes by sharing my stories, experiences, lessons learned from my journey. My mission became to help and guide people worldwide on how one can prepare for and embrace their new normal. I found a way by penning my memoir "One Fine Day"and I sincerely hope that it will provide some comfort, information, and inspiration to others.
My mission starting with this book is to help and guide people worldwide on how one can prepare for and embrace their new normal whatever it is for them with positivity, grace and gratitude.
Journey In Photos
Born in Pune, brought up in Mumbai, India, and graduated with an accounting undergraduate degree in 1989 from the University of Mumbai
Moved to the USA in 1990, completed a bachelor’s degree in management from the University of Lynchburg, Virginia
In 1993, completed MBA from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa
Worked for 24 years in different roles in management, technology consulting, and knowledge management and sales at Ernst & Young, Kana, Ellucian, WilmerHale LLP, Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), 3Pillar Global, and Grant Thornton LLP.
In January 2017, at the age of 47 suffered a devastating hemorrhagic stroke that led to two brain surgeries and a month in a medically induced coma.
Inova Fairfax hospital ICU
Inova Mt Vernon Hospital -Alexandria, Virginia, USA. Post Operative care and rehab - undertook physical, occupational and speech therapy
Home (Dunn Loring, Virginia, USA). Continued rehab at home and at Inova Fairfax Hospital, Falls Church, Virginia, USA
Nimba Nature Cure - Continued with rehab and added eastern holistic treatments and practices such as yoga, meditation, vegetarian diet, acupuncture, energy healing and ayurvedic massages
(Offshore 1.0 Rehab)
JANUARY - MAY (Offshore 2.0 Rehab)
Mumbai, India. Continued rehab - Added aqua therapy and osteopathic treatments
Vienna, Virginia, USA.
Personal and family life changed, had to quit working, went through a divorce and moved to an apartment. Continued rehab - added vestibular and vision therapy along with CBD Oil
for medicinal purposes
(Offshore 3.0 Rehab)
Continued to face my ever-changing new normal - this time had a massive rotator cuff tear in my good arm and surgery was the only option.
Over the past 3.5 years a thankful recipient of help and support from a diverse group of friends, colleagues, caregivers and well-wishers from all walks of life in the United States and India
Launched my transformational memoir based on my real-life roller-coaster journey titled “One Fine Day” on accepting life’s changes no matter what they are and embracing the new normal with positivity, grace and gratitude.