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Updated on: Thursday, May 30, 2019, 01:15 AM IST

Women of Substance: Free fall to grasp essence of life

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Indore : We often fear challenges without realising that twists and pains actually make the journey interesting by adding substance to our lives. Taking every accident as a challenge, 57-year-old psychiatrist Dr Smita Agrawal is a woman of substance who holds secrets of strength in her smile.

Talking about her life, Smita said, “I love helping people and it is truly what I enjoy doing now. But I also have a side of me that is adventurous, carefree and fun.” Growing up as a dancer and sports enthusiast, she always felt the urge to climb a mountain over reading a book.

“Even though it was arranged marriage, my husband and I had the passion for adventure in our common files apart from being doctors,” Smita chuckled. Nurturing their passion and relationship, the couple mostly plans their vacations on trekking trips and fitness routines.

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“In 1998, we were trekking in Uttarakhand when my back snapped and I knew that it was going to be bad,” Smita said. She was on the other side of the mountain and had to trek all the way back as the only other option was a horse ride which would have worsened the pain.

“I had slip disc that had to be immediately operated; so we rushed to Mumbai got the operation but it is never that easy, is it?” Smita said. She had a foot drop following the operation that worsened her situation making her bedridden for the next couple of months.

“I had to get epidurals every week and then every month for the pain from Mumbai, so it was a lot of travelling and pain,” Smita said. With her never giving up spirit, she made plans to trek again and found a way to recover.

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Challenging her again, in 2014 she suffered from slip disc again and this time with arthritis already hurdling her trips. “I was scared because this meant another surgery, but nevertheless life is about living and not fearing,” Smita said.

She got operated again and this time suffering from a bad fall post operation resulting in fracture. “It was all a part of the adventure, I still went skydiving and continue to trek because life goes on,” Smita said.

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Published on: Wednesday, December 27, 2017, 11:03 AM IST
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