“GBS has changed my life, but I am still grateful to have survived this disorder”


I was in class 7 when I lost my mother. Since then, I have been staying in hostels. Everything fell back into place until 2016, when I was in class 12. I played a game of badminton and towards the end I felt a strange pain in my left hand. I didn’t pay much attention to it though.

But the next day, when the hostel manager came to wake us up for extra lessons, I couldn’t get out of bed. Everyone, including the dean, the manager and my hostel mates, tried to help me up but I could barely walk. The hospital doctor was called and he performed a regular check-up. But everything turned out in vain because, surprisingly, everything seemed normal.

I was referred to the hospital where several tests were performed. When the reports arrived, I learned that I had Guillain-Barré syndrome (SDG)a rare disease in which your body’s immune system attacks your nerves. By the time he was diagnosed, my lungs had already stopped working and I was transferred to intensive care. I was in a coma for 47 days and it took me four months to get out of the ventilator. Even then, only my lungs were functioning and the rest of my body was paralyzed.

It took me a whole year to get out of it. I took the wheelchair class 12 board exams because I didn’t want to waste my academic year. Then I got into mechanical engineering. I wanted to be a marine engineer but had to give up this dream. I am now applying to business schools and look forward to working with Amazon.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, I have also gained a lot of weight. I thought about using this time to get in shape. I reduced more than 30 kg.

Exactly five years ago, I was even having trouble breathing and had to express a yes or no by blinking my eyes. Now, when I look at all this, it gives me a lot of strength and especially these five years have taught me that everything improves with time.

GBS has changed my life and continues to change my life, but I am still grateful that I survived this and will never take life for granted.

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