Commitment to Life

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Miracles do happens and it had happened in my life too. I am from doctor’s family and I am not an exception to it. My father and mother both are doctor and they have been my inspiration, had sowed the seed to be a doctor in me. Medicine is in our blood; I mean the science and do not go by the literal meaning.

I was too small to remember those times but could never forget those flashes of memories, deep seated in my mind. What age I was? I cannot say but how could I forget my father’s face with butterfly rashes , unexplained fever, body ache, joint pain, and his sufferings, which he never expressed but felt. He had been taken to the one of the best hospitals for the treatment but those qualified doctors could not diagnose the problem he had. He had admitted to the well-known hospitals but they failed to understand the disease. My mother was the only strength and we were the only source of inspiration to him. In the day, my mother used to work in the clinic and in the night, she used to stay in the hospital to look after my father. It had been a tough time or I can say testing time.

A few so-called doctors declared that he would not survive and he is suffering from SLE[Systemic Lupus Erythromatoses],SLE is a complex disorder affecting a predominantly young population and shares similarities with HIV infection as regards the propensity for multiple organ involvement, potentially life-threatening episodes, and need for sophisticated monitoring. SLE is an autoimmune disease , a collagen disease which was controlling my father’s body and it had affected kidney, heart, liver, spleen ….. He had heart attack a couple of times. My mother used to cry alone but never affected us instead showered her unconditional love. She was determined and never quit.Our relatives never supported us in those times though my parent helped them in their worst times.

Doctors declared that his condition is critical, but my parents were ready to face anything and have full faith in god. My father wanted to live for his wife and children but he had a weak body yet a strong mind. He had been on  heavy dose of steroids, he had been taking those medicines for years and even today, he is on maintenance dose. He along with the medicines took Ayurvedic medicine to build immunity against diseases, started yoga; he really had worked hard to live healthy life. My mother helped him in recovering and she is Sati of modern era for me.

One incidence still pondering in my mind, when I was small and my father was suffering from that disease. Because of heavy dose of steroids, he used to get often irritated and angry so he asked me to bring a glass of water for him. I was too busy in playing with my doll and I did not listen to him, that made him angry and suddenly had a tight slap on my face. I was too sensitive, even raising voice and change in tone was enough to make me cry. I went in the corner and started sobbing as Papa always considered me apple of his eyes and I thought that how could he hit me when he loves me so much…….he hit me that means he does not love me anymore. I was weaving these thoughts in my mind; my father had been watching my expressions and absorbed what I was going through. It brought tears in his eyes and he came to me, sat on the floor to accompany me. He said ''beta I am sorry'' and he started weeping for his helplessness; it was the moment I felt ashamed of myself and thought that I am responsible for bringing tears in his eyes, how could I thought like that. I wiped away his tears and gave him a tight hug.This hate poem will show how much I hated that fatal disease called SLE.

SLE….I hate you

For making my father sick

I wanted to sit on my father’s shoulder

But you gave him joint pain

I wanted to play with him in park

But you gave him photosensitivity

I wanted to share my emotional things with him

But you made him emotional than me

You have taken his years

And all you gave him…

The suffering

Of body and mind

You affected his all organs

Used his body

Without his permission

You never knocked the door

Entered whenever we tried to smile

You have taken our smiles

Our hopes


Its enough

We will not entertain you anymore

My father is strong enough to give you a hard kick.

We together, the family will throw you out

Hate you for taking our family time

Just go to hell SLE

Life had taught us tough lessons when we were too innocent for that. Thanks to God that time took a turn and my father recovered from that disease.A miracle by god's grace and my belief in god became stronger hence forth.

Despite his health conditions, he provided us the platform to show our talents. He encouraged us to strive for excellence; he inspired us to be better a person. He inculcate the positive vibes in us, he never knew the word impossible and told us the same. With god’s grace, he is with us and inspiring us, the way he did in the past. He is the best human being, father, husband…..and the best doctor who gives time to his patient and treats poor patients free. He had been a patient; empathize with his patient because he really understands what his patients are going through. I am so proud of him that not only he is treating his patients in best possible ways but also he helped himself to take control of his own life. Hats off! To you PAPA

                                 ‘’Strong will power is fatal to the disease’’


Simran March 2, 2011 at 6:59 AM  

Me too proud of your Papa :)

Main thing is will power that keeps man ahead and really your papa have a great will power and mental strength.

It made me sad that your relatives didn't gave your family a helpful hand at those tough days!

But ya ''Good things always happens with Good people'' :)
God knows everything , your believe and faith in God made this miracle to be happen!
And yes, Your mother is a hard working lady..Nice to know about her too...That was really sweet when you sweeped your father's tears when he cried for you ..!
Loved the poem too!

Really loved this post :)
Keep Writing Dear..
Take care..And lot's of love and wishes to you and your family members.

Arti March 2, 2011 at 8:00 PM  

One of your best posts Pratibha. Such an emotional post, Yes we all go through such experiences sometimes in our lives and only come out stronger... The last bit of the story was very nicely presented, Felt a lump in my throat while reading it. God bless.

magiceye March 2, 2011 at 8:39 PM  

diseases can be cruel

Teamgsquare March 3, 2011 at 2:34 AM  

great people are bold and strong . Nice to hear about his fight . Wonderful

Shri Ram Ayyangar March 3, 2011 at 6:03 AM  

The last quote sums it all. Bravo!

Sarah malik March 3, 2011 at 10:38 AM  

indeed his commitment to life is a motivation to all those around him. am so glad i got to read this post of urs, a brave soul he is :)
I m sure God has something good stored for him in his afterlife. and kudos to u and ur family, a job well done. a vry touching post :)


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Dr. Pratibha Singh March 4, 2011 at 4:45 AM  

@Simran-thanks for the sweet and inspiring words.Yes,I am so proud of my parents and they are my strength.Thanks a ton.

@really Arti! so glad that you liked it and actually felt the pain in it.thanks!

Dr. Pratibha Singh March 4, 2011 at 4:47 AM  

@Magiceye-yes,diseases can be cruel.

@Dhiraj-thanks for the wonderful comment.

@Shri Ram SIR-Thanks a lot sir.

Dr. Pratibha Singh March 4, 2011 at 4:51 AM  

@Sarah-yes Sarah,testings times are over and its the time for him to feel contended for his efforts and he is dedicating his time for those patients, who have lost their hopes in disease.


SM March 4, 2011 at 10:38 AM  

thanks for sharing

Shashidhar Sharma March 4, 2011 at 7:34 PM  

A great thought and evocative...

ॐ नमः शिवाय
Om Namah Shivaya

Arpana March 6, 2011 at 8:58 AM  

Hello Pratibha
I am in journey,i don't know what strike me, to visit your blog.After going through the ups and down we actually get the lessons of life and we adapt ourselves.It feels nice sometime to talk about hard time as it gives strength to self and motivation to others.Thanks.

Beyond Horizon March 6, 2011 at 9:48 AM  

Will power is definitely stronger... Hats of to your papa...indeed an inspiration :)

P.S. Its really a sad reality when our relatives are not in the tough times

Rajesh March 6, 2011 at 11:31 PM  

Wonderful post. But ow many of us are willing to initiate the change?

Arvind Passey March 7, 2011 at 3:01 AM  

Loved the political insinuations spread throughout the post...

Arvind Passey

Dr. Pratibha Singh March 9, 2011 at 1:50 AM  

@sm-thanks! and welcome to my blog.

@Shashi-thanks for the visit and comment.

@Arpana-thanks for thinking about me and glad you liked it.Your comment actually inspire me.

Dr. Pratibha Singh March 9, 2011 at 1:53 AM  

@Poonam-very heartfelt comment,loved it.

@Rajesh and Arvind -I think you were writing for the ''change''anyway I got the message and thanks for the wonderful comment.

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