SURVIVOR & INFLUENCER

THE FIGHT ISN'T OVER UNTIL YOU WIN

My name is Alma Chopra. Alma means ‘the soul’ in Spanish. I often wonder how my future could be predicted so early in the day. My soul guides me through this life. I am incredibly attuned and connected with my soul.

CEREBELLAR ATAXIA CHAMPION

I was just 10 when I was diagnosed with cerebellar ataxia. If you are not familiar with ataxia, you are not alone; it’s a very uncommon disease which has many classifications, but at the core, it is a balance disorder. Although ataxia’s etiology can be genetic, a lesion, or an underlying disease, I was diagnosed with the most enigmatic form of the disease; unknown origen. Since the cerebellum of our brain controls coordination and balance, it is slowly taking from me ability to direct my voluntary movements.

Living a life with an untreatable, degenerative disease with an unknown cause, left me pondering for many years. At times I used to wonder, ‘why me!’. Until my mid 20’s, I tried to keep my thoughts at bay by drowning myself in academics. An inquisitive person, I was always drawn to spiritual constructs which helped me understand pre-destiny and reincarnation. This faith and belief are tools that help me accept and conquer my disease.

After spending two decades of my life running away and living in the shadow of my disability, I can now understand how it empowers me. The humiliation and emotional pain I was inflicted with was unbearable. Still, the strength that I [and others with diseases] possess to rewind and replay circumstances and scenes that inflict physical or emotional pain cannot be overlooked. I found beauty in the ashes and decided to rise like a phoenix.

To get a hold of my own thoughts at times was tumultuous. So I found peace in Reiki, meditation, attunement, and other forms of metaphysical practices to find the answers that I was searching for. Interestingly, whenever I chant, meditate, and lose myself in the Flow, I am at peace.

For so long, I have searched for happiness and peace that came with more permanency, and now that I found a means for it, I aim at helping others in similar or different situations experience the same kind of peace and attunement.

I want my life, my journey, and my struggles to be an example to everyone and I am willing to show my vulnerabilities to the world; if it can inspire one person globally, I would consider myself lucky.

After spending two decades of my life running away and living in the shadow of my disability, I can understand how it empowers me. The humiliation and emotional pain I am inflicted with is unbearable. Still, the stregth that I [and others with diseases] possess to rewind and replay circumstances and scenes that inflict physical or emotional pain cannot be overlooked. I found beauty in the ashes.

I have conquered Cerebellar Ataxia, and now I am conquering the world, one day at a time.