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Lets salute these 15 Inspiring Survivors |Independence Special

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This 73rd Independence day, let’s Get knowledge and inspiration from the powerful stories of survivors who have been right where you are. These survivors share words of inspiration, wisdom, hope, and support in these stories about how their lives have been changed by certain incidents. They all stood strong and are now an inspiration for all of us. Let’s see and know more about their stories.

 

1. Yuvraj Singh - We Indians feel so proud when India Wins the World Cup; it’s like a celebration for us. Imagine the joy and contentment the players would feel at that very moment. It was April 2, 2011; When Yuvraj Singh lifted the precious ICC World Cup trophy at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. He played like a boss in the 2011 World Cup with both the bat and the ball -- 362 runs and 15 wickets -- and he was right at the top of his game.  Few were surprised when he was named Man of the Series during the closing ceremony! But Right in the afterglow of the 2011 World Cup Victory, Indian Cricketer Yuvraj Singh was diagnosed with a cancerous tumour in his left lung, which was confirmed to be Seminoma Lung Cancer. He stated, "It was a very dark moment

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2. Haseena Husain - A horrifying acid attack changed Haseena Hussain’s life leaving her visually impaired. But she emerged as a winner and is today changing lives of other such victims. The incident that happened over a decade ago is still fresh in Haseena’s memory, but she chose to live a more positive life. Now, she is not only her family’s sole bread earner but is also inspiring other victims of violence and abuse to live their lives in a better way.

“You didn’t listen to me…now you see how you will live your life like this.”

Haseena Hussain recalls the words her attacker Joseph Rodrigues said as he poured a jug full of acid on her. The unfortunate incident happened on April 20, 1999, but the memories are still fresh in Haseena’s mind. She has a lump in her throat whenever she talks about that day and there is a sadness and anger in her voice as she recalls every single detail of that incident.

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3. Laxmi Agarwal - Laxmi Agarwal was only 15 years old when she met with a dreadful acid attack way back in 2005 in the busy market area of Delhi. The attack was planned and done by a man who was twice her age because she had spurned his advances.

She was on the way for her music classes when the tragedy occurred. The wannabe singer and kathak dancer was the student of Sarvodaya Kanya Vidyalay. Due to this incident, she had to discontinue her studies. The good thing was that she received her treatment on time. In the years that followed, she had to undergo many more surgeries that almost affected her mental health.

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4. Geeta Tandon - To be a stuntman one needs to have guts and a lot of training. It’s not an easy task to Jump through the glass, driving cars at break-neck speeds, being set on fire and so on. In India, it’s a rare occupation for women, only smatterings of women have taken up this dangerous profession. But only one woman claims to be the best and have successfully attempted car chases (driving cars through objects like barricades or racing along narrow lanes), and that too with minimal training. She is none other than 33-year-old Geeta Tandon, A successful Bollywood stuntwoman since 2009. She is a person who has spent a greater part of their lives fighting tooth and nail just to stay alive.

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5. Manisha Koirala - We all know Manisha Koirala as an amazing actress and now as a survivor. Many of us are already aware that Manisha Koirala was going through ovarian cancer and in 2013 she successfully won the battle. Manisha was in Kathmandu when she was diagnosed with the disease. For her treatment she went to the US, multiple chemotherapy sessions and a surgery was included in her 6 months treatment.

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6. Sham Singh - Disease could not shatter his dream of becoming a sporting icon. Sham Singh, popularly known as Shera, from Kila Naun village in Faridkot district, has brought many laurels to the country in general and Punjab in particular. He has seen many difficulties in his life; from physical to financial. His parents noticed about his right leg Polio when he was quite young.  Polio hit him during the early days of his life, but 'Shera' didn't give up.

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7. Navin Gulia - You are going to read about someone who grew up climbing up and down the mountains and survived a deadly fall while controlling a furious horse at the age of 19, all these physical challenges were a part of living his life. A person who is this great and brave was just one step away from becoming an Army officer when he got paralysed. This broke his dream but he stood strong, we are talking about Captain Navin Gulia who is a true inspiration for all of us.

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8. Amitabh Bachchan - This is the story of Bollywood’s superstar Amitabh Bachchan. For Amitabh Bachchan's fans, 2000 was the time of his second coming when he reinvented himself with Kaun Banega Crorepati. For the Bollywood superstar, it was a time of agony as he was diagnosed to have tuberculosis and was on strong pain medication. The megastar was not new to medical hiccups. The treatment of his near fatal accident over three decades ago on the sets of Manmohan Desai's Coolie, gave him hepatitis B, a chronic liver disease. The disease annihilated over 75% of his liver. But his fighter spirit has always kept him going on.

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9. Roshan Shaikh - This is a story of an ordinary girl who made her life extra-ordinary when she decided that her disability won’t stop her from achieving what she always dreamt of! Shaikh Roshan Jahan Jawad Ahmed, a 23 years old who belongs to a middle class family in Jogeshwari, Mumbai. Her father is a local vegetable vendor whereas her mother is a housewife. Roshan has been a brilliant student since childhood. She says she just has one dream of making her parents proud but her dream was about to drown when unfortunately, in 2008 she met with an accident.

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10. Malivka Iyer - This is the story of Malvika Iyer who is a bomb blast survivor. It was Sunday afternoon of 26th May 2002; Malvika was just 13 years old. She found one of her jeans pocket was torn and was hanging out. She had the idea of applying fevicol to the torn edges and sticking it together again with the jeans. In search of a heavy object she went to the garage.

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11. Solanki Halder - Even a thought of having cancer can give us a nightmare but have you ever thought of people who actually go through it? In most of the cases, people lose their hope and see their dreams running away. At that point, some heroes battle back cancer and win. Solanki Halder is one of the individuals who battled back and lived to disclose to her story. In a viral Facebook post, Solanki shared her motivating anecdote about how she battled cancer. When she was in the third stage, she got to know about her cancer. Even after that, she didn’t give up. Not to the painful chemos, the radiotherapies, the depression accompanying medications, the scalp turning bald or the beautiful face loses its valour.

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12. Minda Dentler - This is the story of Ironman world champion Minda Dentler. When she was 6 months old; she was paralyzed from the waist because of polio and relinquished by her mom at an orphanage in Mumbai, India. She wasn't expected to live past her 18th birthday. She had no hopes that her life would progress toward becoming anything of note or that she would have the chance to be free and overcome extremely preventable disease.

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13. Reshma Khan - Birthdays are the most happening thing in an individual’s life but what if someone makes it the worst nightmare? Horrifying! Isn’t it? But let me tell you, this is a true story, a journey of a girl who survived gracefully. This was the day when Resham Khan was celebrating her 21st birthday with her cousin Jameel Muhktar in Beckton, east London, on 21 June. They were enjoying every bit of it but suddenly they were attacked by a man throwing acid through their car window. The pair endured life-changing burns.

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14. Pramodini Roul - Pramodini Roul was 15 when a 28-year-old paramilitary soldier threw acid on her for rejecting his marriage proposal. Unfortunately, the case was dismissed in 2012 due to a lack of evidence, and the soldier now roams free. Pramodini spent four months in the ICU after the incident and was bedridden for four years in her house in Odisha, where her widowed mother single-handedly took care of her. The attack had left her with severe burns all over her face and blind in both eyes. In 2014, she developed an infection in her legs and doctors informed her that it would take four years for her to start walking again.

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15. Dr Rajalakshmi SJ is a woman of many talents. A dental specialist, a consulting Orthodontist by profession, a philanthropist by choice, an adventure seeker and last but not the least, winner of the Miss Wheelchair India pageant, 2014. A road accident, at the age of 21, led to a major spinal cord injury. Many unsuccessful surgeries later, she was rendered wheelchair-bound for life. But, Rajalakshmi doesn’t think her physical disability has been an obstacle in chasing her dreams or carving her own identity.

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Written by -

Shivani Sharma