Harini M, 28 from India was 18 when she was diagnosed with a Cerebral Hydatid Cyst. She had been having headaches and a stiff neck. When she heard the words you have a cerebral hydatid cyst, she had no idea what was going to happen to her.
Here is Harini’s Story:
In 2011 I was having nausea, morning headaches, neck stiffness, vomiting most important is lower body disability I had almost lost my Sensation in my lower body. It was the month of September 2011, my family and I were travelling to Puttaparthi Sathya Sai Baba Temple. One of my cousins saw me holding my neck and suggested my Dad get me checked out at the hospital.
My Dad took me to see a neurosurgeon in my town. I had an MRI scan which showed I had a cerebral hydatid cyst. The doctor Dr Indiradevi said I needed to have brain surgery.
The surgery went well by the grace of God and the blessings of my parents. I am still dealing with seizures and imbalance walking problem but I am doing well.
Now 10 years on I could only imagine how much of a struggle it was during that age and all I did is worked hard on myself to get healthier better and stronger every single day. I am proud of myself and my health journey
Any advice for people or loved ones that get daunting diagnoses?
- You can do it because we survivors and others have been on this journey and survived.
- If you are strong enough you can fight with the tumour life. It took me a decade to become healthier and it’s a huge healing process.
What motivates you?
Dance, yoga, and music
I have an Instagram page about my hobby, it is called _mybrainstorm
Who is your personal hero or are your heroes?
LADYGAGA! the day I heard more than 100 times her song called BAD ROMANCE before my surgery and she is the one for me to become who I am today.
Tell us something about yourself that people probably didn’t know?
I was a poor little girl who was bullied by people and I am the one now who was too stubborn to give up on myself against the death battle at the age of 18 and now I am not too lazy to give up on anything that comes on my way.
During covid 19, When I had to move back to my home town there was something which was waiting for me to find my little happiness or the person was just waiting for me to bring back the smile on my face I want to. I wanted to tell the world that if something positive has to change in our seizures struggles is the one person could make us smile. The person I met in person who just bought a smile on my crying depressed face I feel he must be Recognized as my best friend which I had never before as a caring friend. I was blessed as him. I am so much thankful to God and Grateful for Alok.