Last month Anamika Agnihotri kicked off our #InspiringStories feature.
On the 4th Saturday of every month, Write Tribe will bring you positive and inspiring stories from all over the world. If you have positive stories to share, do post them on your blog and add the links to the linky below. We’d love to read them and highlight them too.
This month we have Richa Singh sharing a story.
When you are fourteen you do not think that the one friend you go to parties with and gossip with later over the phone will inspire you to write an article about her.
Today, Ayushi works as a financial consultant in one of the leading banks of Dubai. She goes on world trips with her friends, parties hard not caring what anyone else thinks of her behaviour, cracks some of the craziest jokes and most importantly never takes herself seriously.
Perhaps a brain stroke, a heart surgery and a rather long journey to recuperation will do that to you. When life throws lemons at you, you decide to make some tequilas and take them with a pinch of salt.
Ayushi was diagnosed with Atrial Myxoma or a tumour in the heart. The brain stroke that triggered this final diagnosis also became the reason for doctors not to operate on her. It is a standard practice not to administer any form of anesthesia to a patient within twenty to twenty five days of a stroke.
But a surgery was needed. To save her life.
At this time a South African doctor who had heard about her case volunteered to operate. She took it up as a pioneer example in medical history – administering anesthesia to a patient of a brain stroke within a day of the episode.
Ayushi’s body responded well and she began her journey of recuperation. But that journey was very slow and tough.
She had suffered from a right side paralysis attack. It had rendered her motor skills ineffective.
Today Ayushi writes with her left hand. Combs her hair with her left hand. Manages to drive a car with almost no difficulty. And this year when she (and I) turn thirty she has decided to start wearing dresses that do not hide her surgery scar.
She is done being on the back foot for a while now.
When she was in hospital recuperating, her end year examinations were round the corner. She was asked her to skip them and take a year later.
But she refused.
She started asking for her books and began preparing for her exams while propped up on her hospital bed. But only half an hour into reading, her head would start paining, disturbing her momentum every now and then.
Watching her resolve each day the doctors decided to help her out. They suggested an eye patch. The paralysis had affected her right eye a lot more and hence caused the vision to blur. Her left eye alone was much better when it came to reading.
The joke that did the rounds in her college was that with a brain stroke, a heart surgery and a writer (given she could not write with her right hand) she passed the examination with flying colours, while some of her friends flunked a subject or two without the added difficulties.
To some that may have been a joke. To us it showed the spirit that is her. Quietly funny, extremely candid and having an uncanny shade of honesty you cannot miss.
I’m proud to call this unassuming yet darling of a person my friend.
Do you have a postive and inspirational story you would like to share with us today? It may be an old post, or one that you are inspired to write today or over the next few days. Add your post to the linky below and read, comment on and share the posts of others. The linky will be open until our next #InspiringStories post is up.