Dr. Kamala Maddali
© 2021 becomingakamala
My attempt to chronicle my life experiences was influenced by the fact that I did not want to forget what I had faced, whether it was a triumph or a low point for me, because each experience has helped me to become who I am today. These failures and successes have all contributed to my transformation, making me who I am today. As I began to record the past events of my life as well as such present ones, I realized how much I have accomplished, what an extreme dreamer I have always been, and what a remarkably strong human being I am today. Whenever I proclaim the above, I am not being pompous; rather, I am being graciously thankful for my achievements.
I have faced the challenges of life straight on, facing them all squarely and obtaining all I achieved. Life has thrown me curve balls (sometimes even dung balls!) but I have faced them bravely to reach my successes. During the course of life, in reflection on my life, I learned who I have been by my own yardstick, not by what the rest of the world believes success is.
As long as my experiences and learnings can help even some of those who are out there in the fight of their lives, I consider this book a success. No one ever gets things handed to them—I know that for a fact! But we all need to make the most of what is given to us so we can cook with gratitude what we desire.
Almost everyone has a problem, but there is usually a universal solution. I dreamt of being a medical doctor, and instead became a veterinarian. I faced two extremes of life—a career that kept soaring and health that kept pulling me down.
My journey has been challenging since a decade as a patient suffering from Multiple Sclerosis-like symptoms and Parkinson’s- like symptoms. “We have a lot to learn, experience, share, and care for anyone in need. Known as an autoimmune disease, Multiple Sclerosis affects the central nervous system and causes the immune system to attack its own healthy cells. It affects quality of life and can be disabling. A number of my symptoms also resemble Parkinson’s disease, a disorder that affects the spinal cord and brain. The brain is the centre of our being; responsible for controlling our bodies, everything you do, including moving. Parkinson’s disease gradually impairs the ability to control movements of the body. Having recently reached my early 40s, I now use a walking stick that represents my “Harry Potter wand” due to my rare disease battle.
But, today, as the head of an Artificial Intelligence-AI firm, member of a family that I love, and the mother of a bright eleven year old, and also the embraced victim of a debilitating condition, I can tell you, my story involves many rebirths in one life. I have navigated my way out of many debacles with sheer willpower and hope. If you are someone aspiring for bigger things in life, or someone fighting a desperate situation, or even someone just bored of your ordinary life, I am sure my journey will inspire you.