I grew up and still live in Kashmir, India – a place where a CF diagnosis is extremely uncommon. When I was younger, I was misdiagnosed a number of times with everything from asthma to tuberculosis. When I was finally correctly diagnosed with CF at the age of 22, I had already developed severe bilateral bronchiectasis.
In spite of my reoccurring illness and with the support of my family, I was able to complete my education and become a physiotherapist. I am grateful every single day to my parents for providing me with all the support possible, even though they do not completely understand my disease.
Today, I exercise regularly to stay healthy and am motivated to remain committed to my treatments and physical health by my responsibilities to my family, my wife and child, and by my passion for my career and goals. I refuse to be a mute spectator to CF.
Food: mutton biryani
Song: My Heart Will Go On by Celine Dion
Athletes: Shahid Afridi and Imran Khan
If I could visit anywhere in the world, I would visit… Holy Mecca and America.
If I could give someone recently diagnosed advice, it would be…
No matter how many times you break down, always find the courage to get back up. Giving up is never a choice.