Celebrating Life: Aastha Shah
Aastha was in 2nd standard when some spots appeared on her hands. Her parents thought that they might be because she might have fallen somewhere or maybe due to some regular infection which will cure with time, but the spots kept growing. When they went to a doctor, they were informed that she has a skin allergy and gave her medicines.
The medication made no difference. Her father looked it up on internet and found out that she had a disease called vitiligo. Vitiligo is a skin disease that has no cure as of now. The next day her father asked about the same to doctor and asked that why didn’t he tell them earlier? The doctor said that he knew how parents usually react when they are informed about such diseases.
She was too young to understand anything at that time but growing up life was hard. Attending school, coming home and then waiting outside different doctor's clinic each day became her regular routine. Sometimes,she would also have to skip school so that she could be taken to some temple to get “cured”. It started getting frustrating for Aastha to cope up with all these things.
At school she would be called names like “Dalmation Dog”. People frequently asked her questions like, “why is your skin half Indian and half like that of an American”? whenever she used to walk on the streets, people would give her strange stares and look at her like they’d seen an alien. All of this never fazed her. What fazed her the most was the battle ‘to get better’. She tried everything, from exercising and having a fix and proper diet, medications, and temples to putting turmeric on her body for hours, but nothing worked in the end.
Aastha finally decided to give up on trying all the stupid remedies. She told her dad that she is ready to live looking the way she is, but she won’t be able to tear herself apart day by day by not enjoying her life. Her father and family supported her decision. Aastha’s friends also supported her a lot throughout her tough phase. All her dear ones encouraged her to live her life the way she wants. They never discouraged her not wear short clothes because of the spots, they never stopped her from eating what she like and loved her wholeheartedly. Aastha’s father encouraged her to let go of her fears and to focus on what’s ahead of her. Her family has always been a great support to her.
All the love and care from family and dear ones made Aastha braver. She let go of all the restrictions she had initially, like not going out in sun, not eating junk food, etc. She remembers having coke for the fir time ever and it tasted so amazing. Aastha enjoyed those little moments so much that she started trying something new every day.
Now, the disease has taken over her full body. Even today she is asked questions like, how is she so fair or does she belong from some foreign country? But they don’t affect her anymore because she learned how to face them overtime. Aastha loves dancing and it is one of her favorite hobbies. She actually booked a dance studio on her 21st birthday and celebrated her birthday dancing with her friends and family. She also worked with an NGO based in Matunga, where she used to teach orphans about life and help them to let their creative side out.
Today, she is a successful financial analyst at HDFC bank. She gives all the credit to her family for helping her reach where she stands today. Aastha celebrates her life by spending a lot of quality time with her family and she is grateful to have a family that is so loving and supportive.
Aastha found her way of celebrating life and you should too. Share your story of celebrating life with me and I will share it with people through my blogs.
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