Inspiring: Once wheelchair bound, she is now set to participate in Comrades Marathon

What would you do, if you are told that you would be wheelchair-bound and you would never be able to walk without using a support? You may be cry, lose hope or give up. But, a woman from Pune proved everyone wrong with her 'Never say never attitude'. With her sheer dedication, efforts, determination, devotion and perseverance she went on to climb Mt Everest. Now, the go-getter has qualified for the Comrades Marathon, which is the world's largest and oldest ultramarathon race with an aim to put up a good show

Inspiring: Once wheelchair bound, she is now set to participate in Comrades Marathon

In the year 2011, during Diwali, Aparna Prabhudesai, a 47-year-old Pune resident, suffered her first fracture while starting her bike. Before she could evwn recover from it, within next the 2 months, she had three more fractures. Life took a U-turn when the doctors told her that she would never be able to walk without the help of support again. But she didn’t let those words, lower her self-confidence. Instead she beat all odds and stood on her feet. This proves that nothing is impossible if you are willing to overcome obstacles by giving your 100 per cent.

“I consulted many doctors and underwent a number of tests. From Rheumatic disease to bone cancer, we checked everything and nothing led to a conclusive diagnosis. This situation was mentally and physically taking a toll upon me. One day I decided that I will not live this kind of life. After which, the self-healing process began, as no medical treatment could help me,” said Prabhudesai.

Since her recovery, Aparna has been focusing on her athletic skills. In June, she successfully climbed and summited Mt Everest. And now, she is going to add another feather to her cap. On Sunday, Aparna ran and completed 42 km in 4 hours and 33 minutes in the Bengaluru Marathon 2017. She has qualified for the Comrades Marathon, which is the world’s largest and oldest ultramarathon race.

While speaking to My Medical Mantra, Prabhudesai who has participated in numerous marathons and who has also pursued mountaineering said, “I am extremely happy to get qualified for the prestigious Comrades Marathon. I am very much looking forward to it”. The Comrades Marathon will take place on 10 June 2018 in South Africa.”

According to her to be a successful runner, running should be made part of your lifestyle. “I can’t say that I have fully recovered yet. I suffered repeated fractures. But I have learned to deal with them and manage accordingly. Running cannot be a one-month phenomenon. It has to be a part of your daily routine,” said Prabhudesai.