Destiny’s miracle child
Having braved the storm of an incurable illness to emerge victorious, Shraddha Parekh inspires us not to lose heart, no matter how tough the going gets
When I was a four-year-old, I was down with a fever. But everyone was alarmed when the temperature was not dropping even after a couple of weeks. The doctor diagnosed everything minutely and came to the conclusion that I was suffering from TB. But that was not all.
Soon, there were blood-red butterfly rashes all over my face. My blood pressure was shooting up almost every day. My temperature remained high and severe stomachaches were making it worse. Some ointments for mosquito bites were prescribed to treat the rashes. What’s more, doctors were still diagnosing the main cause of all my symptoms.
When I turned nine, I wasn’t able to sit or stand still because of the stomachaches. And to bring the body temperature down, doctors were making me lie on a block of ice.
After changing doctors and visiting many hospitals, my family finally came to know that I was suffering from systemic lupus erythematosus or SLE.
And they decided not to tell me anything about it.
The fearsome diagnosis
SLE is an incurable immune system disorder in which antibodies attack the healthy and efficient cells of our body. It weakens the immune system and makes diseases more deadly. It’s more or less like an army of soldiers attacking their own king. Unfortunately, there are no medicines to cure SLE, but a few steroids can lower its intensity.
Now, steroids, as we know, have many adverse effects too. Some of them are visible on my body. My head was puffed up like that of a wolf. My body was losing all its strength. I had to go through a kidney biopsy, that too without anaesthesia because the doctors thought that I would go into a coma. To make me cooperate with them, they promised me that they would let me watch television in the hospital’s compound. So, I ended up witnessing the whole biopsy procedure.
I went through chemotherapy and lost most of my hair. People started gossiping that I might be suffering from cancer. I had multiple fractures because I had lost agility in my limbs. Even though distraught, my parents were strong enough not to disclose much to me.
And then, one day, the doctors declared that I had about six months of life left.
My parents finally broke down and gave me all the facts about the disease. They weren’t sure how their girl, who had just entered her teenage years, would react.
Instead of having pity on myself or cursing my fate, I decided that I would not die, with dreams unfulfilled. I was just not ready to give up. Instead of leaving the battleground, I decided to fight.
True grit in the face of insurmountable odds
I was sure that I couldn’t make this alone, so I decided to pray to that higher power. I always believed in the existence of a higher power which was taking care of me and would ensure my well-being. I wasn’t much concerned about what people were saying. People always believed that I would not be able to survive much longer, but I had that indomitable faith in something which can’t be seen but one can definitely feel its grace.
On the very next day, I had a paralysis attack. Doctors literally gave up and advised my parents to call our near and dear ones to see me for the last time. But that attack was not able to shake my faith even a little. By the grace of that power, the intensity of the attack was not so severe, and I started walking again in a couple of days. I was soon discharged from the hospital but because of water retention in my body, I had to survive on three glasses of water and three Marie biscuits.
At that time, I discovered the power of the Universe and how it is responding to our each and every thought. I started using that power for my own well-being, and I improved miraculously. One fine day, a friend of mine recommended me a book, The Secret, written by Rhonda Byrne. I read that book from cover to cover and after reading it, I started believing that there is some power which responds to our thoughts, feelings, and prayers. Slowly, I started applying it in my day-to-day life, though I wasn’t sure whether it would work for me or not. Still, with intense faith and devotion, I started believing that the Universe would respond to me. And it happened. I was healing like anything. Apart from The Secret, books like The Universe Has Your Back by Gabrielle Bernstein and You Can Heal Your Life by Louise Hay made all the difference to my life and my overall well-being.
After a long period of darkness, the sun started shining again.
The miracle called Sharddha
I had no idea who archangels and guardian angels were, but for no apparent reason, I developed an interest in them. Soon, I started working with them. I know it is difficult to believe, but out of the blue, I heard the word ‘angels.’ I was thinking why I heard ‘angels’ and had a word with my soul sister who explained that when angels want to work with you or help you, they appear in any form or communicate through recurring messages. Then I understood about angels and took up a course to learn more about them. I learned that they need our permission to work with us. My sixth sense is a God-given gift, but I always used to doubt the messages I used to get in my sleep or would wonder how someone in trouble would take it when I tried to offer intuitive solutions. But today, I never doubt my intuitions and the messages I get from the higher power.
And most importantly, my guardian angels, my parents, my sister, and my best friend stood by me. My father sold our home to pay my medical bills. He also left his job and started a business to spend more time with me. I started taking baby steps towards life.
In the year 2008. The doctors declared that I was totally out of danger and called me ‘The Miracle Child.’
Though I couldn’t complete my regular schooling like other kids, I appeared for examinations as a private candidate. In the year 2011, I lost my mother. But I’m happy that my mother saw me cured, healthy, and happy.
My wish is to live like a normal human. I want to make my parents proud. I want to help people live life to the fullest. I want to see happiness and smiles on every person’s face. I want people to understand that laughing at someone isn’t a solution, but it’s a shortcoming of one’s mentality. I love myself and want people to love themselves as they are. And most importantly, I want to prove to the world that no matter how many scars are left on my body, or how I look, I’m still beautiful.
I work as an HR professional in an organisation based in Mumbai. I went to school up till the fifth standard. After that, I completed my matriculation and my twelfth standard as a correspondence candidate. Later I majored in HR. Presently, I’m a numerologist and an angels practitioner, and through my talks, I encourage people to not give up hope and faith.
My sister and I are working to spread awareness about lupus. We want people who are suffering to have hope and dreams. We want them to understand the importance of today, instead of thinking about the future. And we want to make everyone aware that one can overcome this deadly disease.
I lost my dad on my birthday in 2018. People used to say that there would be nobody to care for me when my parents were gone. But my sister proved them wrong: she is the one who is giving me wings to fly.
Life can be harsh at times, but quitting is not a solution. Never! Never! Never! Every ending has a new beginning. Just have faith, confidence, and desire to live. And most importantly, do not quit.
Every moment is precious, so one should invest it in paying their gratitude towards that higher power.
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