It was 2011. I was a busy entrepreneur setting up my furniture and home store and a mother of two. I remember the days were long, filled with moments of stress and exhaustion. Yet, I pushed myself and kept going. We all do that thinking this is what is expected of us.
In all this stress, I didn’t realise that I had been coughing for over two months by then. I just thought it was a reaction to my damp and musty office. I thought of it as an allergy and that it would eventually go. But it didn’t.
When you have two kids, a home to run, a new business to set up it creates enough complications in life. You feel an allergy isn’t your top priority. You overlook the warning signs. When it was time to eat, I just ate when I needed to. I always thought of myself as healthy, otherwise. I was conscious of my fitness – doing power yoga four days a week and also doing other forms of exercises. I was careful about what I ate and usually ate well. I was a vegetarian with eggs in my diet. In truth, however, I had stopped listening to the signals my body was trying to give me. At that age, you eat well, exercise, look after yourself and think you are invincible – falling sick is the last thing on your mind.
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