The Inspiring Success Stories

The Inspiring Success Stories



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By Nidhi

In a society where patriarchy has been the norm for centuries, let us not forget the atrocities women have to face, especially those who are crumpled by the merciless challenges of life. Women with disabilities are 2-4 times more likely to face assault. Past instances are evidence of the long-prevailing social injustices. From rising above the humiliation and trauma to wearing the scars like battle stories with pride and letting their passion hold the reins of their life, these Indian women have inspired millions and are true examples that disability is only a pitfall when you let it steal your spotlight. 
 
SUCCESS STORIES OF THE BOLD AND BEAUTIFUL -
 
In a world, where marginalization is a mere reflection of failed humanity and inclusivity still has a long battle to fight, let’s look at the inspiring journeys of these women who have defied the stigma and have championed their cause.
 
ARUNIMA SINHA
 
An amputee is one who has had their limbs separated from their body due to a medical condition, surgical operation or accident.
 
The national-level athlete who had dreams of climbing the highest peaks of every continent and hoisting the Indian National Flag with pride had her dreams crushed in a tragic train incident in 2011, where after an encounter with a gang of robbers, Sinha’s left leg had to be amputated. This unfortunate incident did not discourage her from achieving her dreams. 
 
With grit, passion, and perseverance she conquered all the demons of disability, which made her the world’s first female amputee to climb Mount Everest. By 2014 she had already scaled 7 peaks. She challenged the odds that were against her and achieved the unimaginable. She was honored with the Padma Shri Award, Tenzing Norgay National Adventure Award, First Lady Award, Malala Award, Yash Bharti Award, and Rani Laxmi Bai Award.
 
SHENAZ HAVELIWALA
 
Epilepsy is a medical condition in which the activity of the nerve cell within the brain is unbalanced, which leads to the occurrence of seizures.
 
At the age of 19, when we dare to dream and let our passion drive us to our destination, for Shenaz Haveliwala, her life turned upside down as Epilepsy latched itself onto her. The recurring seizures forced her to drop out of her engineering course. Epilepsy changed the course of her life and threw her on a path that she had never thought she would venture. Shenaz was determined to create awareness regarding epilepsy and educate the mass to fight against the stigma associated with it which encouraged her to volunteer in changing the ostracism faced by the epileptic people in India. 
 
Through the obstacles of life and several job refusals, Shenaz with her dedication and determination to live her life to the fullest, turned entrepreneur with ‘Sobo Connect’ envisioned in the old warehouse owned by her father. Sobo Connect aims in providing a secure and private space for conferences and meetings, rented at a very nominal price.
 
SANGITA DESAI
 
Symbrachydactyly is a medical disorder in which the baby is born with unusually dwarf-like fingers, which could be web-like shaped or even missing in some cases.
 
With an indomitable spirit, Sangita Desai who was born with the condition of Symbrachydactyly, stood tall in the face of the storm and turned her shortcoming into a success story that has inspired millions. Suffering from this medical condition she had no fingers on one hand but her willpower helped her pave her way to becoming the first Indian woman entrepreneur to give birth to a grooming essentials range for men, which came to be known as ‘Raw Nature Company’. 
 
From fighting the condition since birth to combating nature’s wrath as the Mumbai floods vandalized her studio, destroying her life’s work, Sangita gathered her courage and made a fresh start as she joined forces with her father’s essential oils business and in 2017, went on to establish her company which flourished as is now available on various e-commerce platforms like Nykaa, Amazon, Flipkart, and other offline markets too.
 
PREETHI SRINIVASAN – 
 
Also known as Tetraplegia, this is a type of paralysis that is the result of a medical disorder or injury, which leads to the complete deprivation of moving all four limbs or the upper body.
 
A woman who dreamt beyond the confines of the standards of the society and led the under 19 Tamil Nadu state women’s cricket team with vigor and passion to the national championships in the year 1997, had her dreams snatched away from her in the blink of an eye after encountering an accident which left her restricted to a wheelchair for the rest of her life. Losing everything in a second can leave a person scarred and wrecked for eternity but Preethi did not let her inability to walk control the reins of her life. 
After multiple rejections from colleges and facing humiliation for something that was beyond her control, Preethi took charge of her life and established ‘ Soulfree’. She founded this charitable organization with the aim of inspiring and motivating all those who were left disabled by unavoidable circumstances of life. Preethi aspires to be the guiding light of hope for all those who feel helpless and spread cheer, care, and love in the world.
 
MANASI JOSHI – 
 
An amputee is one who has had their limbs separated from their body due to a medical condition, surgical operation or accident.
 
What happens when your perfectly normal life ends in a crash that takes away everything that you’ve been working towards? A crash that throws you into a spiral route where chaos infests your mind? A route that for some becomes the destination that they were meant to embrace. 
 
A motorbike commute to her office, changed the course of Manasi’s life as she met with an accident with a lorry moving in the wrong direction. Due to the unavailability of an ambulance, she was taken to a hospital close by which turned out to be unfit for treating her injuries. After waiting for two whole hours in extreme agony and pain, an ambulance to take her to a better equipped larger hospital finally arrived and received treatment only about 9 hours after the occurrence of the accident. The bones in her left leg were left completely shattered and after going into working on saving her leg every 5 to 10 days, the doctors surrendered to the grievous incident. Manasi did not let the accident discourage her from engraving her name in history. She started focusing her energy on pursuing para-badminton and in 2019, at the Para-badminton world championship in Basel, Switzerland, Manasi and won the gold medal.
 
These ferociously passionate women are the epitome of courage and determination. Even though their journeys were marked with peaks and valleys, they made their suffering their strength and emerged victorious through life’s pitiless trials. They could do it, what’s stopping you?
 


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