This question came to my mind because everyone I talk to these days (regarding Maa’s current hospitalisation) asks me this question.
and as soon as I tell them that she is 65 years old, they say… “Age factor bhi to hai na!”
I sense the feeling behind this question and comment.
We have a notion and a clear bias regarding the elderly population. We believe they are liabilities and can barely contribute anything to anyone on this planet. Does that mean we must slow down our efforts to provide them life-saving medical treatments?
If you are really looking for reasons to save a life, then here is a list to answer your questions:
Why should Madhu get a second chance to live?
No one can “tell” anything to anyone, but yourself. So I can show you some glimpses of Madhu’s life and leave it to your wise hearts to decide.
Who is Madhu Vyas Breathing Warrior?
Madhu is a vibrant and inspirational lady, living with an oxygen tube from 2017 (due to lung disease, Interstitial Lung Disease – ILD).
She is a well-educated (M.A. Indian Instrumental Music – Sitar) citizen of India.
She is an amazing daughter, sister, wife, mother and friend.
She lost her husband to a series of brain strokes leading to a massive heart attack in 2018. She was already on 24*7 oxygen support and needed her husband’s support utmost.
Madhu was left with two adult children, who gave up everything to take care of their mother. She could not bear her children living like zombies after their father left, constantly in fear of losing their mother as well. She promised herself, “I will be the solution to my children, not their problem.”
Despite all challenges, she did not give up. She rose again, and stronger this time.
Madhu took charge of her life as a warrior. Slowly and with consistent efforts and care her health improved.
She thought there will be so many like me living in shadows and depression. She expressed her wish to help these people to her children.
At the age of 64, with continuous oxygen support when people start waiting for their final day and give up on life. Madhu found a mentor and entered into the world of self-development and upskilling.
Madhu converted her pain and compassion into passion & started Breathing Warrior Movement to help millions of others like her, living with chronic breathing problems.
Within one year she learnt the English language, social media, content writing, book writing, public speaking, video making, LIVE talk shows, graphic designing, using new apps like voice-to-text, clubhouse, Instagram, LinkedIn!
She has read more than 20 books, even though her eye-sight is blurry. She found a big lens to read. When it was impossible to read with it as well, she started listening to audiobooks. But they were mostly in English, so she found out apps and translations of the books in Hindi but did not let any excuse slow down her unstoppable attitude.
She has published many articles in magazines.
She started spreading her positivity along with knowledge gained through experience to individuals, social media as well Radio, Interviews, National & International conferences.
She received Young Senior Award in 2021 from The Circle of Legends online forum.
She has shared her story and experiences in many interviews and talk shows.
She hosts a weekly online talk show, “The Madhu Vyas Show”. The guest list includes expert doctors, physiotherapists, patients and their caregivers. They share their knowledge and experiences to spread awareness about respiratory diseases and their solutions.
In October 2021, she virtually joined International Conference on COPD and Lung Health as an invited speaker. Here she gave a 32 minutes talk where she addressed the patient’s perspective living with respiratory diseases, especially in India.
Madhu and Swati jointly published their first article as well on the same topic.
Madhu loves to doodle, sing, dance, cook, gardening, exercise, socialise & learn new things.
Madhu has inspired many people across the globe. They call her inspiring and unstoppable.
She fills the room with light & happiness. She converted her pain from compassion to passion.
In extreme distress conditions…
in the hospital
one night at 2 am, I asked her
“Maa, do you think all tasks of this life are over?”
She nodded, “No, my mission…”
Tears rolled down my eyes…
I had goosebumps…
I responded, “From where do you muster this kind of resilience & compassion. I am blessed to be able to have you as my mother, my partner, my soulmate… I love you, Maa. I respect you!”
I said to myself
I am Swati Vyas, a daughter with determination on a mission…
I will find a way to save Maa…
I have to be more effective & mentally tough.
I am not doing this only for myself or Maa…
But for those millions whose life we can add value…
No matter how hard it’s my duty & responsibility as a human.
I started #saveMadhu #savethewarrior campaign to raise funds & prayers for her lung transplant surgery and post surgery treatment in the ICU.Swati Vyas, daughter & primary caregiver of Madhu Vyas Breathing Warrior
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