I wish to be a runway model

"This single event has transformed me into a new being, much more confident and a whole lot more positive, and full of happiness."
Chesi, 16, India
cancer

"There are times in our lives, moments, where we feel that the whole world has come to a standstill. Everything around is frozen and there are moments when you hear your own heart beats. Like anybody else, I have had my share of these moments. There are some that I recall with a shudder in my heart; that very moment when I was diagnosed with the dreaded disease. When informed of the demise of my grandma, life stood still all around me and the shock of it still lingers on.

Then there are moments when a happiness deep inside creates a different moment – when you feel on top of the world… My catwalk on the runway recently was one such moment; it took me on cloud nine and sent goosebumps all over me.

The unending clinical procedures, ever-changing diagnosis and not so promising prognosis; I have had my major share of tensions, worries and aches.

Then, in the midst of all the misfortunes that were unsettling my happiness, the opportunity to take the spotlights of the runway came as a big surprise. I was apprehensive at first – unsure of my own capabilities and weary of my own ignorance in the field.

Then, as I walked the runway, and with all eyes fixed on me, I felt – after a long longtime of not feeling – that life had been good to me and it was great to be there amidst all the worries. I want to confess that the opportunity has done a world of good to me in raising my level of confidence to an all-time high. I feel I have worth. I feel that I have it in me.

The turn of events in my health had a telling effect on my morale. This single event has transformed me into a new being, much more confident and a whole lot more positive, and full of happiness.

Thank you, one and all, for the support, for the opportunity, for standing by me and for making it happen.

All the success and the positive aspects of the wish can be directly attributed to the unstinting support rendered by all. I shall bow in admiration of all that effort which has made me a different person."

Thank you,

Chesi