“Myself Anish Philip, hailing from a hamlet in Kottayam, Kerala. As the potter molds his pot surpassing greater challenges, it is the trials that I met which made me stubborn for facing the challenges of Life. Being diagnosed with “Hepatitis B positive” during the transition from adolescence to adulthood could have been the full stop for my dreams. To add insult to injury, Doctors cautioned me that the Hepatitis B will never allow me to cross the Indian border and warned me that I can’t marry a girl as the disease may spread out. He later advised me to leave the thought of having children and directed me to leave my friends as they don’t deserve to be infected with a bad virus. My father let it slip that the doctor told of a Seldom chance of getting the virus negative in my lifetime which will add a course of medicine till my last breath.
Hearing the consequences could have shattered my life. But it was then that the spiritual realm came for my help along with my confident girlfriend, parents, friends, family, mentors, and neighbors who stood with me to energize me, to bring back the confidence in me. I could better comprehend; it is during the times that I experienced myself the most. That is what a comet is like, you see, a comet is born in the outer realms of the universe! But it’s only when it ventures too close to the Sun or to other stars that it releases the blazing “tail” behind it and shoots brazen through the heavens! And meteors become sucked into our atmosphere before they burst like firecrackers and realize that they’re shooting stars!
Fortunately, the disease helped me to be more spiritual, more bonded with my relations and to face the challenges the life offers as a Blessing in disguise. Because it’s during those scary moments, those unsure steps taken, that I am able to see that I’m like a comet hitting a new atmosphere: suddenly I illuminate magnificently and fire dust begin to fall off of me! I discover a smile I didn’t know I had, I uncover a feeling that I didn’t know existed in me. I’m a shooting star. A meteor shower. But I’m not going to die out.
As the third-month lab report came after the disease was first diagnosed, it astonished the gastroenterology department of AIMS, Cochin. The virus becomes negative that too opposing the prediction that it will be chronic hepatitis.
In the course of time I got married, have two children, got a visa for two countries (Saudi Arabia and PR for Australia) and I never ever took the medication again.”
Submitted By – Anish Philip
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