I can say that by reading the story of ” Bhakti Ghatole ” we can recall a quote ” Where there is a will there is a way ”
Twenty-one-year-old Bhakti Ghatole from Nagpur lost her eyesight to cancer at the tender age of nine.In her long journey of hardship and determination, she did not give up and showed cancer who’s the boss. However, that did not slow her spirit down. When she was nine years old, she was diagnosed with Retinoblastoma, a deadly eye cancer.
Her hurdles began at the tender age of six months. She was diagnosed with cancer in the right eye.Even with many attempts from the doctors, she lost her eye.The doctors thought it wouldn’t spread to the other eye, but it did. Bhakti lost the left eye after a long and hard battle. But that didn’t demoralise her by any stretch of imagination and in turn gave her the confidence to do something big in her life.
Her parents, Ramesh Ghatole, a development officer with National Insurance Company, and Sushma Ghatole, a homemaker. Bhakti nine years old and coming to terms with a life without sight was initially a difficult process. Her taxing battle against cancer had left her mentally exhausted as well. Soon after returning to Nagpur, she visited Yoga Abhyas Mandal and picked up yoga and meditation. This helped her cope with the change and embrace a more positive mindset.
Her school life was never really easy and the turning point of her life came when she met her teacher cum mentor Jidnyasa Kubde, who provides computer training to all the visually impaired students through her NGO Atmadeepam Society.
I had learnt Braille, but to be honest, I didn’t like it as much. When I learnt to use a computer, my entire world changed. Things became easier for me. Computer was like Aladdin’s Genie for me! Now I can get most of the things done by myself without anyone’s help.
“I can write my own emails, access my social media accounts and surf the internet. I even wrote all my school exams using a computer! It was only in class 10,for the first time,that I used a writer to write my exam,” says Bhakti.
A born achiever, Bhakti scored 94% in the SSC board exams in class 10 and was the topper in the state in the disabled category.Continuing the trend, she became the second topper in Nagpur in class 12 with 88% marks. she received the gold medal for scoring highest marks in Political Science in first year BA course. she maintains high grades and looks forward to becoming a psychologist. She plans to eventually follow her dream of becoming an IAS officer.
“I felt so happy to have made my family proud. It’s never been easy, but I have never felt incomplete. Yes, my disability could be a hurdle sometimes, but it certainly cannot stop me from pursuing my dreams. Life is beautiful and I intend to live it to the fullest,” said Bhakti. The 21-year-old aims to become a psychologist and then follow her dream of becoming an IAS officer.