It’s been four months since I launched my book! That is amazing! I am so proud and yet humbled by the positive feedback that I have been getting. The book launch party was one of the most fun experiences ever! I had dreamed of doing a book launch party when the book was officially done but never really thought it would happen. I was so excited by the number of people who came out to support me, but the biggest surprise of the day was seeing my very first cardiologist Dr. Chandramouli. When I saw him I was dumbfounded. I had no idea how he heard about my book. I was so in shock that when I walked over to him all that came out was “How did you get here?!” In his usual dry humor, he answered: “I drove myself!” Everyone laughed. We hugged and chatted for a bit.
Dr. Chandramouli has been retired for almost fifteen years. He is still as spry and witty as ever. He is such an important part of my life. I would venture to say one of the most important people in my life. He was the very first person to be called when I was born. He did the very first cath lab procedure on me. This man pretty much saved my life…multiple times. He is a caring, intelligent and compassionate man. He loved his work. He loved his patients. He made everyone feel like a person that mattered and not just a health problem in a hospital bed. Doctors like him are few and far between nowadays. He worked with me, my parents, and eventually my husband to be a part of my healthcare team. When he retired he personally chose his successor, Dr. Brown, for me. For my family and me he will always be a part of our family. We are forever grateful for all of his hard work.
I did find out from my dad that he was the one who tracked down Dr. Chanda for me. I had tried for months to get in contact with him during the writing of my book. Obviously, I should’ve called my dad. He is great at finding people! My dad got a hold of one of the nurses at the pediatric cardiology clinic that Dr. Chandramouli used to work at. He told her my story, about the book, our connection to Dr. Chanda and about the book launch party. She promised to pass along the information. She was true to her word and he actually showed up. What a great guy!
Seeing him on that day was emotional in so many ways. (My sister actually burst into happy tears and had to hide in the kitchen for a few minutes. She took this picture of us after she regained her composure.) I will cherish all the memories from that day, but this is one, and this man, I will always hold close to my heart.