‘You Live Once. But In My Case, Twice’
She fell in the bathroom while showering. She woke up 20 days later in Breach Candy Hospital, Mumbai, with her right-side fully paralysed.
A few weeks later she moved to Boston to start her rehabilitation. The same city where she finished her undergrad from. The doctors felt the city would also give her a sense of belongingness and aid recovery.
Soon her rehabilitation therapies started, which included learning to speak. From words like ‘Ma’ and ‘Pa’, her first full sentence was ‘I love Aisha’.
Stuti Jhawar suffered a brain haemorrhage as a result of a brain aneurysm, on May 3rd, 2018, a few weeks short of her 28th birthday. After her 8-hour long surgery, both of her bone flaps from the skull were removed.
May 3rd is known as “Soka Gakkai Day, a Japanese Buddhist movement which is based on the teachings of the 13th-century Japanese priest Nichiren. Stuti took this as a sign and started her Buddhism practice. While her Buddhism practice gives her the strength to deal with the challenges that have come her way, she gets her “never giving up” streak from the will to be there for her daughter.
“Aisha was my driving force. I wanted to be a role model for her,” says Stuti.
Aisha was just 5 months old when Stuti suffered from the haemorrhage. “I missed her 6th month celebration and now I make it a point to celebrate every ‘half’ birthday of hers,” she adds.
The positivity with which Stuti carries on her day-to-day life is so infectious. “In many ways you can say May 3rd 2018 was my luckiest day. So many things had to go my way for me to survive the haemorrhage.”
More than four years since the incident, Stuti is ready for new challenges and feels it’s time to go back to her company, Macaroni Media Co, which she established many years ago.
Watch the full GupShup with Stuti Jhawar.