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Bindi Bottoms
Preetha J Blogger and Jewellery Designer, Thonnakal

"I was a pretty butterfly like most teenage girls. Full of life and full of dreams. The sky was the limit until that fateful day. It all started with a fever. I felt tired and totally worn out. Little did I know that my life was to change completely. I was soon confined to bed because of a dreadful tumour. I was taken to many hospitals and treated by many doctors. But fate had played a nasty game with me leaving me paraplegic.

My family was devastated. Their beautiful butterfly rendered ailing just as she was about to fly high. It took them a while to realize and accept that this was to be. It took me a while too, but the fighter that I was, I did not want to fail or let my loved ones fail. My mother has been the biggest inspiration and my biggest supporter.

I soon realized that it was only my body that was unable to move. My dreams and imagination knew no bounds. I was soon in a wheelchair making beautiful crafts and jewellery and blogging too. Blogs and social media opened up a whole new world to me. I was back to dreaming big. Although I knew I had physical limitations, I had a whole new lot of friends who were either like me or were willing to help anytime, anywhere. I started meeting them at various meets and events. They gifted me a swanky wheelchair which made life a lot more convenient.

They are always available to help me with my craft and jewellery events. They are more like my family and come home often to meet me and exchange beautiful ideas. We collaborate with many palliative care centres and old age homes to help them too. I believe that everyone who feels despair should realize that there’s a whole world of beautiful minds that are ready to help us out. They are called friends and I am glad that social media got me a ground full of amazing friends.

My friends give me confidence, guide me when I am lost, help me reach places I fear to go, and accept me as one among them. They make me feel that the sky is the limit."


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