When I was 17 I was diagnosed with leukemia, a deadly blood cancer. This blog is a story of my journey through it all and shows how I've managed to stay happy and healthy to this day.
I'm also a medical student - so I hope my experiences from both sides of the doctor patient relationship can inspire you to be the best person you can be.
So it's been a while since I posted something here. A LONG while. Sorry to all my followers on this platform - I've moved to nikhilautar.com (I should be posting here and there though, that's my fault.
So where have I been? What have I been up to? Well, I've been working hard. Promise. I've nearly finished my research degree - the one I decided to complete while I waited for my immune system to strengthen, so I could do medicine again. Hopefully I'll get some publications and formally contribute to science and human development!
But I've also been busy on this startup. One I think could make a huge difference, and hopefully, save many lives.
I started this up after losing a couple of friends to preventable illnesses and complications. Things like falls, pneumonias, and pressure sores are our most common causes of hospitalisation, they take tens of thousands of lives per year, and cost us billions as well. I looked into the problem. Talked to a lot of nursing homes, patients and carers. And I realised there was an opportunity to create something that made life easier, reduced work for nurses and healthcare staff, prevented these issues - all at an affordable price point!
That's when I founded Get To Sleep Easy. How are we accomplishing this? Through our Smart Inclining Bed. This is a device which sits on top of your bed, and converts any bed into a hospital bed, for a tenth of the price of current beds! In addition to this, our smart sensors underneath can map user movement for a fraction of the price of current technologies. This allows us to, for the first time, let nursing homes, and people like you and me, who wanna keep our loved ones at home longer, be alerted of things like falls, pressure sore development - even if someone's stopped breathing! Plus, we've got some other cool innovations in the pipeline too. Check it out! And be sure to sign up to our email list if you're interested in becoming a test partner, or just interested in our development. Click here to sign up specifically for that - and click here to join my email list!
An Affordable Hospital Bed Alternative, and THE FIRST EVER Walker that Comes TO YOU! - YouTube
I'd love to share some awesome news... After a long month of campaigning, and losing a few friends from a bit of spam - we at Get To Sleep Easy won Australian Student Startup of the Year last week, at Startcon (the biggest startup conference on the scene)!
It's a huge honour. If you did know about this, whether you voted or not... I'd just like to say thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for all your support.
So where are we? What comes next?
Well, in a completely separate competition... we may be getting flown out to become GLOBAL Student Startup of the Year (that'll be amazing). We've got working prototypes which we hope to test with our amazing nursing home partners in 3 - 4 months time. For reference, we've got a device that converts any bed into a hospital bed for 1/10th of the price and smart sensors that detect and prevent falls, pressure sores - even if someone's stopped breathing (let me know if you'd like to test these, or get one for loved ones!)! We've got opportunities to jump into some prestigious business accelerators which will turbocharge our progress, for sure.
And finally, in a few weeks, we'll be doing some crowdfunding that'll hopefully get us much needed cash, get our brand out there, and show, even more, to future investors how much these things are needed! I'll email you on day 1 of launch if you sign up here (your support then would help us out in getting us seen through the Kickstarter algorithm - I'll explain more in a few weeks). But if you want, you can help us get there faster by supporting our GoFundMe too!
The Mellow- the most ergonomic, scientifically designed pillow on the market! Check this and other products out at GetToSleepEasy.org or support us on GoFundMe!
But yeah. Hopefully this can go on to make an impact.
In other news, for those of you who follow along on Facebook or Instagram, you may have heard about my recent health troubles... A few weeks ago, I had another cancer scare, after also getting a few sezires. But I'm glad to report all seems to still be well! Here's hoping there won't be any other scares like this in the future!
My research - I've completed the degree/exam components! Now I've just gotta deliver my research project to graduate from that research degree! Hopefully, sometime over the next few years, I'll be healthy enough to get back into the wards, but Get To Sleep Easy, if we keep going the way we're going, will ensure I can keep making an impact, no matter what!
I'd love to hear more about how you are. Again, thank you so much for all the support you've given me. Let me know if there's anything I can do to help you. And let me know what you think about Get To Sleep Easy.