Brittle Bone Disease won't stop Fathima Asla from becoming a motivational speaker.
Twenty-four-year-old Fathima Asla from Kerala was diagnosed with Osteogenesis Imperfecta also known as Brittle Bone Disease. Three days after she was born she had her first fracture. Fathima says her father also had the same condition. He was diagnosed with Brittle Bone disease at a young age. She says that doctors were able to diagnose her disability very early. She says that she goes through a lot of pain daily and even uses a wheelchair.
"But I do not want to think about it and confine myself to a corner of my home. I want to beat all obstacles and come forward," she said told Newz Hook.
She, to date, has fractured more than 50 bones which have affected her in many ways especially while attending school. Fathima has beaten odds, though, to pursue her studies in medicine. She is not in her final year course in homeopathy, a pseudoscientific system of alternative medicine.
On her road to becoming a motivational speaker, Fathima started a YouTube channel called ‘Dream Beyond Infinity'. She says despite her family's financial problems, they have stood by her dreams and they are proud of her achievements.
Since Fathima could not play with other kids her age growing up, she began to write down her thoughts and says that at the end of 2020 she plans to have her own book published. The book will be a collection of her stories and poems that she has written over the years. (YOU GO GIRL!)
"In the future, I aspire to become a motivational speaker, social worker, and someone who makes a positive impact on [the] lives of people," Fathima says.
She says that society has accepted her because she started doing things on her own. Fathima calls herself 'differently-abled' instead.
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