A fighter. Aisha Chaudhary took on rare disease with positivity
“In every difficulty, you can find an opportunity,” said Aisha in one of her motivational speech. Aisha Chaudhary who was born with an immune deficiency with a life expectancy of only a year until and unless she underwent a bone marrow transplant. So she did go through a bone marrow transplant at the age of six months. Aisha died at the age of eighteen but achieved more than what people could in their entire lifetime. She was fierce, and bold in the face of problems and achieved great heights because of it.
Aisha was born with Severe Combined Immune Deficiency commonly known as SCID. The chance for someone to be having SCID is one in a million. Due to this, she had to undergo a bone marrow transplant. At the age of 15, she developed a disease called Pulmonary Fibrosis which is a hardening of the lung which happens to be a side-effect of the transplant. Her lung capacity was 35% in 2014 and later on, kept on decreasing. She died on 24th January 2015. She said, “Death is the ultimate truth, but I want to be happy and I choose to have happy pulmonary fibrosis.”
“Death is the ultimate truth, but I want to be happy and I choose to have happy pulmonary fibrosis.”
Aisha was a young motivational speaker and spoke at the INK 2013 and 2014 conference as well as spoke at TEDxPune 2013. Aisha talked about her story and the lesson she has learned. She talked about everything and anything and has inspired people all around the world. She also published her first book at the age of 18 but the saddest part is she died a day after her book, ‘My Little Epiphanies’ was released at the Jaipur Literary Fest. Aisha’s mother Aditi talks about her and says that she loved writing and her writing was good but never thought she’ll end up writing a book.
This all started when I suggested that she should start writing her thoughts down and she said ‘why’ who is anyways going to read them. Later on, I gave her a book called ‘Notes to Myself’ by Hugh Prather and told her that it sold a million copies and she said “I can write better than Hugh Prather” and look what was the result of it. Her first book which is much more than a book.
She also published her first book at the age of 18 but the saddest part is she died a day after her book, ‘My Little Epiphanies’ was released at the Jaipur Literary Fest.
“The Sky is Pink”
The Sky is Pink movie which released on October 11th last year is based on the life of Aisha Chaudhary. Trough this movie the voice of Aisha reaches a large number of people. Aisha’s journey tells us why we should respect life and live every moment to the fullest. To give all the love that we can. She shows us how happiness can be found in little things. The movie starring Priyanka Chopra, Farhan Akhtar, and Zaira Wasim was a hit in the theaters.
‘Doodling’ her escape, ‘dogs’her love
Aisha started drawing when she was sick and had no strength to go to school. Her art was a way for her to express and give her unique thoughts a form. She did doodles because she had no energy but they were beautiful and you can see the drawing in her book. Rolo was one of Aisha’s dogs and the moments that she spent cuddling him she was the happiest. Her dogs were her life and her kids. She said that dogs belong in heaven even before humans. Her art and dogs definitely helped her cope and stay happy.
“The more she suffered the more determined she became,” said Aditi. Aisha is truly a role model she chose to live life on her own terms even after sickness. Not a lot of people have the strength or the will to do it. Aisha had a short life but lived big, traveled all the places she wanted to see and did all she wanted to do. Although she is no more but in our hearts, she will live forever.
Shreya is an intern with SheThePeople.TV