Tuesday, November 22, 2011

The Flight Of a Survivor

PS: I got this in a forward mail and would like to share it with my blog readers.  Though the story is not based on facts it makes a good inspirational story. I can relate to this through the trauma of Chemotherapy.  

An Eagle's life ... !!!
Many times ,in order to survive...we have to start to change our ways...we sometimes need to get rid of the negative memories, habits ,rituals and other past traditions and move forward. Only freed from past burdens, can we take advantage of the present. Eagle is a good example of it....
The eagle has the longest life-span among its species

It can live up to 70 years
But to reach this age, the eagle must make a hard decision in its' 40's

when, its' long and flexible talons can no longer grab prey
Its long and sharp beak bends with age
Its aging and heavy wings, due to their thick feathers, become stuck to its' chest and making it difficult for it to soar higher in flight or stay longer in flight
Then, the eagle is left with only two options: die or go through a painful process of change which can lasts to upto 150 days.
The process requires that the eagle fly to a mountain top and sit on its' nest

There the eagle knocks its' beak against a rock until it plucks it out.
After plucking it out, the eagle will wait for a new beak to grow back and then it will pluck out its' talons.

When its' new talons grow back, the eagle starts plucking its' ageing feathers

And after five months, the eagle takes its' famous flight of rebirth and lives for ...
30 more years!
(Creator of the email unknown).
Like the eagle in this story, when a person goes through severe traumatic situations like cancer, they have to make the tough decision. You lose your hair, you go through severe physical discomfort, give up a body part, get pricked with needles but then you get few more years to fly high in the sky. I have been blessed with fifteen years of survival after torture of treatment and feel grateful to everyone who is responsible for my presence here today. Now I yearn to fly high and reach those skies which I have never touched  earlier................


  1. What an inspirational story!

    I think it's a difficult phase which very few selected people have to bear. As they are special to God, God will surely compensate it with abundance of happiness in the future.

  2. I hope for the same Saru.. Thanks for the good wishes and encouragement.

  3. A very interesting post, and very aptly put forward.
    You are a very strong person and am proud to be associated with you, whatever little I can get from you will be precious.

  4. That makes me so humble Pooja. Awww...thanks.

  5. I recently read Lance Armstrong's Book- Its not about the Bike My Journey Back to life.
    It accounts how he survived Cancer and won 7 consecutive Tour de France, loved the Book.
    I know you also have gone through this.
    The story was wonderful.

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