This blog post was written for the Women’s Day Blog Hop,
themed She: A Tribute to Her, hosted by Swarnali Nath.
As she was born with a congenital defect, called Spina Bifida, Mayuri Kohli, has undergone 14 operations and has been on crutches and then in a wheelchair from the age of 8. This birth defect affected her mobility and forced her into a sedentary lifestyle.
Due to having no control over my skeletal muscles that managed my urine and faeces outflow, I would regularly leak in public which was not only difficult (due to adult diapers being a rarity in those days), but also embarrassing.
Another challenge I faced for a decade was tropic ulcers. They would be 2 inches deep and remained unhealed for many years. My mom had to bandage them every single morning before I left for school. When I went to the UK, they healed with a sophisticated treatment there. Even though all this pain was part and parcel of my life, I was proud of myself when I managed to travel alone to become a graduate in Pune and complete my MBA in the UK.
I always wanted to have a baby. After marriage, the doctor suggested I try surrogacy as I have no sensation waist-down, so, it would be difficult to conceive or handle the prenatal stage. I also had PCOS. But I also wanted to be pregnant and give birth to my baby. My husband was very supportive. We tried IUI and I was strictly on bed rest throughout my pregnancy. I had experienced all the not-so-good parts of pregnancy right from morning sickness to bleeding. I was also admitted to the hospital a couple of times. With God’s grace, in 2016, I delivered two healthy babies at full term!
I had always been on the heavier side due to immobility. After delivering my two beautiful daughters, I was dedicated to taking care of them and their health. I breastfed them for almost 3 years. I was so absorbed into motherhood that I had forgotten about myself. I started putting on even more weight and managed to reach 104 kgs. I had a lot of health issues and found it unable to even walk a little with my crutches. Then, in 2019, I was diagnosed with a minor heart problem called low Ejection Fraction of LV due to which I was susceptible to heart failure. I wanted to take care of myself so that I see my daughters grow.
I am so dedicated that come what may I make sure that I work out every single day. I have had to make a lot of lifestyle changes, adjust my eating habits, be as active as possible and swallow some nutrition powders. My weight reduced from 104 to 68 kgs. My dream is to be a ‘hotty’ at forty. And probably also have a bikini photo-shoot on the beaches of Ibiza. Or become a wheelchair model at the least! 😉
Being in a wheelchair for a major part of your life is definitely not a joke. Even though many of us need to lose weight due to various health issues, we find excuses to ignore it. We depend on medications when we can easily adjust a few things in our lives to prevent taking them. What will push us to begin improving ourselves?
Mayuri, despite her numerous health complications, has shown us the true meaning of ‘where there’s a will there’s a way’. She has completed her graduation, enjoyed giving birth, built a family and also lost the excess weight that was causing her multiple problems. I found her story to be the epitome of determination, perseverance and willpower.
If you know of someone as inspiring as Mayuri, do let us know in the comments below. We all need inspiration to move on in life, don’t we? For more inspirational women, click here.
Till then hope you have a Happy Women’s Month!