AuthorsDen.com   Join (Free!) | Login  

     Popular! Books, Stories, Articles, Poetry
   Services MarketPlace (Free to post!)
Where Authors and Readers come together!

SIGNED BOOKS    AUTHORS    eBOOKS new!     BOOKS    STORIES    ARTICLES    POETRY    BLOGS    NEWS    EVENTS    VIDEOS    GOLD    SUCCESS    TESTIMONIALS

Featured Authors:  Diana Perkins, iHank Nuwer, iAlan Cook, iCindy Ziperman, iSam Penny, iJill Eisnaugle, iMr. Ed, i

  Home > Health/Wellness > Stories
Popular: Books, Stories, Articles, Poetry     

Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado

· Become a Fan
· Contact me
· Sponsor Me!
· Success story
· Books
· Articles
· Poetry
· News
· Stories
· Blog
· 7,838 Titles
· 41,508 Reviews
· Save to My Library
· Share with Friends!
·
Member Since: Before 2003

Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado, click here to update your pages on AuthorsDen.




Featured Book
666:Mark of the Beast
by Will Clark

In this sequel to, America 20XX: The New World Order, the battle between American patriots and Islamic jihadists rages. These battles escalate to world order, even into t..  
BookAds by Silver
Gold and Platinum Members


Featured Book
Necessary Evil
by Aaron Cole

A lesson to the Catholic Church..  
BookAds by Silver
Gold and Platinum Members





Share    Print  Save   Become a Fan


The Outcast: My Story. (Leprosy) (Part One)
By Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado
Saturday, December 17, 2011

Rated "G" by the Author.

Share this with your friends on FaceBook

A man lives with stigma and rejection since having leprosy. This is his story.

Namaste'.

My name is Jarinder.  I live in India.  I am 35 years old but feel more like an old man of 85.  It is because I am permanently disabled.  

I was a normal human being until I was 20.  I got sick with a disease known as leprosy.  It started off simply with skin lesions, eye problems, dry scalp, runny nose, and weakness in my muscles.  I didn't think too much about it, but then my symptoms got worse, so my worried parents drove me to hospital.  

I live in Bombay, one of the bigger cities in my country, where help is available.  I was admitted and had tests run.  

Eventually the doctors diagnosed the problem as leprosy, but in my case, it may have been too late:  I had waited too long and because of it, I have diminished feeling in my limbs and ended up losing a leg because infection set in and they could not control it.  

There was no choice but to amputate.

When my family found out I had leprosy, they spat on me and disowned me.  I was considered dead to them.  They didn't want anything to do with me.

I now live in a leper colony, with other lepers.  If we go outside, people shout insults and run away, as if leprosy is catching.  Or they throw stones and other objects at us until we are forced to go for cover.

Leprosy.  Unclean.  Outcast.

I am reminded of it every day by my scars, my eye problems, and especially my missing leg.  I walk with a pair of second-hand arm crutches that some charity gave to me last December.  That is how I get around.  I could get a prosthetic leg but I cannot afford it; I am very poor and live in the leper colony.

A prosthetic leg could be dangerous, as well.  How, you ask?  With diminished feeling in my stump.  If the prosthesis rubs too much, it could cause a wound and subsequent infection.

I wouldn't know it.

My fellow outcasts and I may not have much, but at least we have each other.  We understand what the other is going through.  We've become a family of sorts and some of them are my closest companions. 

Leprosy is a very, very old disease.  It has been around for thousands of years and, in most cases, it does not cause people to lose limbs and such.  That is, if it is caught early.

Mine wasn't.

Now that scientists know more about it, they can successfully treat people with mulit-drug therapy; as a result, the number of cases are beginning to drop, although cases still flare up in places like Africa, here in India, and other third world nations.

I am sharing my story so people can (hopefully) understand my plight and that we didn't ask to have leprosy.  It was just an unfortunate event.  I don't want pity; I only want acceptance and to be given a chance to succeed in life.  That is all I have been hoping for ever since my journey with this terrible disease began 15 years ago.

~To be continued.~ 


Want to review or comment on this short story?
Click here to login!


Need a FREE Reader Membership?
Click here for your Membership!


Reviewed by Michelle Kidwell Power In The Pen 12/17/2011
Karen another excellent story thank you for sharing
In Christs Love
Michelle~
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 12/17/2011
Excellent story, Karen, very well penned.

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.


Books by
Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado



with a little help







Addiction: The Master Keys to Recovery by Dr. Michael De Vito

Read the book that "RUDY" from the NOTRE DAME Football Movie calls a "Valuable Tool for a Lifetime of Success."..  
Featured BookAds by Silver
Gold and Platinum Members


Body Trauma - a writer's guide to wounds and injuries by David Page

Body Trauma covers the overall organization of the US trauma system, how doctors evaluate and treat trauma victims, as well as special sections on specific injuries such as impalem..  
Featured BookAds by Silver
Gold and Platinum Members

Authors alphabetically: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

Featured Authors | New to AuthorsDen? | Add AuthorsDen to your Site
Share AD with your friends | Need Help? | About us


Problem with this page?   Report it to AuthorsDen
AuthorsDen, Inc. All rights reserved.