I sat looking outside the window with an oxygen mask, my body scarred, pain and chaos all around me; coping with a surgery that would eventually lead to starting a new life. A doctor walks in and tells me that I had lost the ability to walk, but I must not stop living. Yes, the accident turned my life upside down. Prior to the accident, I had been a mother and a wife and quite active; life had its own share of problems then, but they revolved around finance, cooking, meeting deadlines, building a better future, career choices, etc. But now, I had another one added to the list: “DISABILITY”. The news impacted me immensely; I lost my ability to recover, and all hope.
I just wanted to be left in a room alone; I felt depressed. But soon, a familiar voice gave me a chance to revive and fight back, and that was my daughter. She looked even more scared than me; I could see myself in her—she was what I had been when I lost my mother. That moment drove me to fight back and live.
Challenges are there for all of us; it’s just the degree that varies. Disability only leads to losing muscular control, not life. Life is precious; one must live and not let circumstances define it. I am once again a doting mother, wife, sister, and friend.
I might not walk in the future, but still “Life goes on; cherish it”!