Subhreet Kaur

I had always dreamt of becoming a dancer, but my parents wanted me to pursue my education first to become a nurse. I had never thought that I could become a professional because I was always a shy girl and spent most of my spare time reading books. My life was ordinary just like any other person until I met with an accident in 2009. I was on a bike with my friend which got out to control and crashed. The incident left me with a broken leg, but I was fine. Unfortunately, I was left lying on a bed at the hospital which made my condition severe. I had a congenital condition called Arteriovenous malformation which meant that my arteries and veins had an abnormal connection and the doctors were apprehensive about fixing the fracture by inserting plates inside my leg.

I managed to get a surgery done, but things took a turn for the worse when the doctor accidentally cut a vital vein which led to profuse bleeding. I soon lost sensation I my leg and infection spread quickly which meant that there was no way I could keep my leg. I was forced to get an amputation because the infection posed a risk. It was my only chance to survive and lead a normal life. I knew that things were never going to be the same, but I had no choice. I woke up with tears in my eyes after the surgery. My heart was filled with joy knowing that I no longer had a lifeless leg. I had to undergo 7 surgeries before I could walk again and I had to take a loan to cover the costs. My friends often ignored me and all the sympathy that came to me was pity and I didn’t want that.

I was determined to come out stronger than ever before and not allow anything to hold me back. I participated in a reality show where I finally expressed my true self and let the dancer inside me shine. Dance became an integral part of my life and allowed me to do what I really wanted to do. It strengthened me and I soon experienced change. I dance for a living now and I love every bit of it. None of this would have been possible without the support of my mother and the people around me who finally started to look at me beyond my disability.