“Yes, with MS, I can do!” – Sharu Singh
It was one day in 2011, when Sharu Singh suddenly lost all sensation in one of her big toes and began speaking incoherently. She was 42. MRI scans revealed that she had had a stroke, following which doctors put her on blood thinners. Three years down, as she continued her medication, an inexplicable blurry vision made her rush to the doctors again.
It was then that she was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. For those who don’t know what Multiple Sclerosis is; it is an auto-immune disease in which the body’s immune system attacks the protective sheath that covers the nerve fibres. Though it has different effects on its bearers, one of the major risks it has is physical disability. To this day, MS can be controlled but not cured.
The phase between diagnosis and treatment wasn’t an easy one for Singh or her family. They were shaken emotionally and financially because of her frequent hospitalisation, not to mention the unbearable pain that led her there. They had never heard of such a disease before, and although doctors explained its entirety, the anxiety of being in an uncharted territory made them chase multiple doctors, alternate medication, different organisations, and success stories of patients dealing with MS. “There were times when I got depressed and had nothing to do except cry—I still have a few such moments—but life has taught me to be strong.”
Conquering the Battle
Eight years since the first symptoms, Singh has learned to not only live but thrive with MS. “There hasn’t been a day when I don’t have to take my medicines, she says. Now, she runs a home-based bakery. “I know now that I don’t have to be a burden on my family, and this keeps me going. Though MS troubles me every now and then, I know I have to stay calm, rest, and start working again. I keep pushing myself to do more; it’s much better than being on a wheelchair or being bed-ridden.”
The Devils Circuit Journey
When Sharu Singh came to her first Devils Circuit in 2019, she came with little expectation of completing obstacles. “The only reason I came to the Devils Circuit is that I wanted to keep my spirits high. I wanted to experience the fun and excitement at least once in my life. I wanted to try all the obstacles, knowing that it was not possible.”
As it often happens at Devils Circuit, people surprise themselves with their own capabilities. And that’s exactly what happened. “To my surprise, I did quite a lot. I came with my sister who was very protective of me on the circuit, but somehow, I had the confidence that I’d do it.” She continues, “I still cannot forget that day and I will cherish those memories forever. I had no clue how my body would respond, since people with MS should not expose themselves to extreme temperature and that’s exactly what I did. The obstacles did leave some bruises, but the CAN DO attitude made me do it all.”
Such stories give an insight into the true nature of Devils Circuit and the hope and drive it gives participants to become the best version of themselves.
Like Sharu Singh’s story? Read Bhupender Sharma’s story of survival HERE!