There’s a famous quote,
“What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger”
and I’m living proof that it’s true.
I was born in a middle-class family in the Coochbihar district. As a child, I grew up in Haldibari, a town in coochbihar district. My parents did everything they could to teach me to be a better person, healthy, and to never give up any challenges in life. Games and sports were in my blood. Right from my childhood, I took part in sports. I won many awards and accolades. My friends use to call me Milkha as running 100 meters was never been a hurdle for me. Apart from sport, I loved doing physical exercises.
I used to wake up early morning and go running in the lush green meadows of my Haldibari. I enjoyed the natural air that rejuvenated my mind. I passed my high school and then got admitted to Bidhan Chandra Krishi Vidyalaya, faculty of agriculture. I won an individual group championship in annual sports in 1983.I won several medals in weight lifting as well. I was an athlete and a sportsperson.
Everything was going pretty well but one sudden event shook my life. I was diagnosed with one of the deadly diseases, chronic kidney disease. I was on conservative treatment for a few years but later on 4th January 2017, I was put on maintenance hemodialysis at two sessions a week. My family and near relatives mourned with agony. My colleagues and friends said “Dialysis is a painful treatment”
I never gave up. I made my mind whatever happens I will not quit my passion for sports. It was that time when I met Dr.Pratim Sengupta, my treating Nephrologist, whose first interaction with me churned me with lots of positive energy and willpower.
Dr. Pratim Sengupta said “Mohan da(name changed) you must set an example for anyone on hemodialysis, continue living with your passion and your wellbeing is in my hand”
I continued doing physical exercise to stay strong. I ran, jogged, walked, and did all cardiovascular exercises, which seemed impossible for everyone on hemodialysis. Physical exercise is my trump card to remain stable and healthy. Even at my age, I run 4Km daily in the morning. I do freehand exercises. Even I can beat a muscular man in arm wrestling at my age of 63. I come to the dialysis center which is 30 Km from my house on public transport. I do all activity that I used to do before I was diagnosed with CKD.
I believe “Dialysis is not the end of life”. With daily physical exercise and healthy living habits and of course strong determination one can live a normal life. My gratitude to Dr. Sengupta and his wonderful team for helping me to live my passion.