Meet Mangesh Gaikar, a 38 year-old man who suffers from type 1 diabetes and is also blind. He was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when he was 19 years old. He was born with blurred vision and post diabetes he completely lost his eyesight.
But, he has not let his blindness or diabetes become an obstacle in his life. He has an optimistic outlook in life and does all he can to help people afflicted with the disease.
Gaikar is associated with an NGO called National Association for the Blind (NAB), Mumbai, which is working in the field of rehabilitation of blind since 1952 in the country. Gaikar’s job is to find such people in Mumbai, who are not born blind. He visits different hospitals, schools and public places, in order to search for such people who have recently lost their vision.
“Life is not easy when you are not born blind. Children who have lost their vision, then leave their school without completing their studies, family abandons such people. My job is to find such people in the city and counsel them, help them with their problems, train them on different aspects and help them connect with NAB,” said Gaikar.
Last Saturday, Gaikar had to meet a teenage girl, who had recently lost her vision and was suffering from depression. Apart from counselling her, He has also taught people how to use different applications on mobile and computer which will help them overcome their blindness.
He even visited a government school to investigate about a student who left school as he had recently started losing his vision
This is how his usual routine is like. He helps comes with constructive strategies for people who are not born blind, but lose their eyesight to diabetes.
“Managing sugar level on daily basis, even though my work involves so much of travelling is a challenge for me,” said Gaikar.
Dr Abhay Mutha, Diabetologist from Pune, who is treating Gaikar and providing him free insulin as Gaikar cannot afford it, said, “He has been coming to me for treatment since many years. He is an inspiration to all those who are suffering from diabetes. In spite of being blind he has managed diabetes well.”