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Tuesday, 21 October 2014

3 Year Old Twisha Makwana Needs Your Help

I am Twisha Makwana, an extra-ordinary only kid of a 31-year-old single mother, Sweety Makwana (an Indian based in Sydney) who is battling against all odds to save my life. Contact And Donate Now
Twisha Makwana is a sweet 3 year old who needs critical financial help because since birth she is suffering from a rare disorder.She stands a chance to live after  surgery .However the costs are prohibitive for her single mother.This is indeed a cry for help for this little soul.And your help could just make that difference.
Here is an article that appeared in indiatimes.com urging readers to be generous with their contribution.I am only requesting you to read this piece  and take an informed decision  to  make a difference to someone who may never get know you today,or ever again............


Mother's Day Special: Twisha Makwana: A 'Normal' Child Who Can Not Eat


May 8, 2014

Little Twisha Makwana was born in 2011 with an esophagus that stops short of her stomach - leaving her little chance of ever living a normal life - but the 30-year-old Australian toddler's mother Sweety Makwana, determined to give her 3-year-old her best shot, has brought her to Boston in hopes of getting a $1.2 million operation she can't afford...



When and how did you come to know of Twisha's condition?

Twisha's condition was diagnosed soon after her Birth. An X-ray confirmed Long Gap Esophageal Atresia (LGOA), one of the rare birth defect. This condition means, Twisha is born with an incomplete Esophagus, which doesn't connect to her stomach. She has quite a long gap between her Esophageal pouch. During the pregnancy doctors were suspecting some kind of birth defect. I was told nearly 8 -10 kind of birth defects and Twisha might have one of them and along with the possibility of her being  a normal child. 

Please tell us what Twisha has gone/is going through...

Soon After Twisha's birth, she was diagnosed with LGOA. Australian surgeons tried Foker type operation on Twisha, without any previous experience. It failed terribly.

(Foker treatment is the proposed treatment at Boston as re-attempt)  After failed Foker Treatment, Twisha has undergone multiple Kimura Lengthening procedures (few step-wise surgeries, where upper Esophagus is being stretched further down on chest wall in each operation), which was also never been performed by her surgeon ever, before doing it on Twisha. This treatment was applied various times and a successful outcome was not obtained on all occasions.

About Foker Treatment: The Foker Technique includes complicated multiple surgeries and requires lengthy ICU stay (6 Months – 2 Years). It requires extensive training and experience for the surgeons to achieve success in it. In this treatment it is necessary to put the baby under heavy sedation and induced paralytic state for couple of weeks or months to allow the growth of the missing Esophagus by applying traction sutures (tension to both Esophageal ends). Once both the Esophageal ends are grown enough to overlap each other, they are sewn together. 

Save Our Twisha
Twisha with Esophageal pouch


Twisha at present: Since birth, Twisha is fed via her Gastrostomy Button (P.E.G Feed). By attaching an external tube to her Gastrostomy Button, I inject formula Milk (Peadiasure)  directly into her digestive system, (i.e. stomach) to keep Twisha alive. Since Twisha’s birth, she is only on Milk diet and despite of what so ever she has gone through, miraculously she is keeping well in her overall growth. With clothes on, she looks like a little princess angel!

To manage Twisha’s secretion, she has Spit Fistula/ Esophagostoma on right side of  her chest. She is allowed to have Sham/fake feed by mouth that is only for her to taste and learn sucking, chewing & swallowing by jaw muscles. This helps her to prevent Oral Aversion. Any spits is being collected into a stomal pouch applied on the site Esophagostoma. The stomal pouch needs to be emptied and changed regularly, twice a day.

Unfortunately, her Esophagostoma tends to get narrow very quickly. To keep it open, she has to undergo dilation 2 times a week.

What do the doctors say...

After many failed surgeries on Twisha, Australian surgeons have offered me Gastric Pull Up, Colon Interposition, Gastric Tube. These treatments are called replacement procedures, which will damage Twisha’s other body organs (such as stomach or colon or intestines, etc.). These will also leave her with physical deformity and other medical complications and medicines for the rest of her life, which can be life threatening. 

Where in Boston, USA, after the consultation, surgeons say, there are still chances to cure Twisha by Foker Treatment; however Twisha's case is very complicated due to all those past failed surgeries. 

Medical science says, Native Esophagus is the best in long term repair of LGOA.
Twisha Makwana
Twisha with mother Sweetyneeds urgent help

What keeps you going...
Twisha is my biggest inspiration. I am inspired by her a lot. She always keeps smiling, even though she is born with such a rare birth defect, which could have taken her life. She is very happy and jolly, bubbly little girl, who can't see tears in my eyes. She is boosting my confidence in me by her unconditional love for me. I am learning from her every day. I am being selected by God to care for such a lovely child and for that I feel blessed. 

Also, since I have started the Mission Twisha to find Twisha's cure, I have met so many kind and humble people, who have had helped me. Their kindness, humbleness and generosity keep me going.

I have had won the title of "Indian Link Mother of the Year 2013-14 Award". Such kind of recognition also inspires me. 

I have lots of faith in God. Having faith in God, we keep going as he directs us. I am doing my best, God will do the rest! 

What message do you wish to send across on Mother's Day...

I believe, being a full-time mother is one of the highest salaried jobs. Since the payment is pure love. A mother is a woman who is created by God to bring love, joy, happiness and caring into this world. I am so glad; God has created a woman to be a mother. Happy Mother's Day!
To know more about Twisha's condition, click here. Contact Sweety Makwana atmissiontwisha@gmail.com and +61-425-147-970


PS: Sweety's husband forced her to leave his house, when Twisha was only 5 months old. Her in-laws have never seen Twisha and never offered any kind of help and support. Sweety was blamed for giving birth to such a faulty child like Twisha. Divorce was granted even without her consent (Because of Australian Law). There is no maintenance for Twisha and Sweety. Twisha and her mother are in terrible condition, No normal life at all. Sweety's time is occupied providing care for Twisha and Fundraising. Please be generous and donate via www.twishamakwana.com

Monday, 13 October 2014

27 Great Quotes On Forgiveness


Life will invariably brig you to crossroads when 
you will be tempted to convince yourself of your 
victim-hood.These are the moments of weakness 
that lead you away from your responsibility.
The responsibility of responding and not reacting 
as we have been conditioned to.
Forgiveness is the first step towards claiming that  
responsibility.
Here are some exceptional quotes I have gathered that throw bright beams of light on the need for forgiveness............




“The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.”
― Mahatma Gandhi, 
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 “Dumbledore says people find it far easier to forgive others for being wrong than being right.”
― J.K. Rowling
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“The truth is, unless you let go, unless you forgive yourself, unless you forgive the situation, unless you realize that the situation is over, you cannot move forward.”
― Steve Maraboli


Jane Austen
“I could easily forgive his pride, if he had not mortified mine.”
― Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
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Rita Mae Brown
“One of the keys to happiness is a bad memory.”
― Rita Mae Brown
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 “True forgiveness is when you can say, "Thank you for that experience.”
― Oprah Winfrey
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Joel Osteen
“Keep in mind, hurting people often hurt other people as a result of their own pain. If somebody is rude and inconsiderate, you can almost be certain that they have some unresolved issues inside. They have some major problems, anger, resentment, or some heartache they are trying to cope with or overcome. The last thing they need is for you to make matters worse by responding angrily.”
― Joel Osteen
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 “Forgiveness is the fragrance that the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it.”
― Mark Twain
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“Forgiveness is not an occasional act, it is a constant attitude.”
― Martin Luther King Jr.
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“We are all mistaken sometimes; sometimes we do wrong things, things that have bad consequences. But it does not mean we are evil, or that we cannot be trusted ever afterward.”
― Alison Croggon
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“People have to forgive. We don't have to like them, we don't have to be friends with them, we don't have to send them hearts in text messages, but we have to forgive them, to overlook, to forget. Because if we don't we are tying rocks to our feet, too much for our wings to carry!”
― C. JoyBell C.
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“Throughout life people will make you mad, disrespect you and treat you bad. Let God deal with the things they do, cause hate in your heart will consume you too.”
― Will Smith
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“Last night I lost the world, and gained the universe.”
― C. JoyBell C.
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“Forgiveness has nothing to do with absolving a criminal of his crime. It has everything to do with relieving oneself of the burden of being a victim--letting go of the pain and transforming oneself from victim to survivor.”
― C.R. Strahan
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“I wondered if that was how forgiveness budded; not with the fanfare of epiphany, but with pain gathering its things, packing up, and slipping away unannounced in the middle of the night.”
― Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner
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“I think that if God forgives us we must forgive ourselves. Otherwise, it is almost like setting up ourselves as a higher tribunal than Him.”
― C.S. Lewis
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“It is important that we forgive ourselves for making mistakes. We need to learn from our errors and move on.”
― Steve Maraboli
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“To be wronged is nothing, unless you continue to remember it.”
― Confucius
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“The willingness to forgive is a sign of spiritual and emotional maturity. It is one of the great virtues to which we all should aspire. Imagine a world filled with individuals willing both to apologize and to accept an apology. Is there any problem that could not be solved among people who possessed the humility and largeness of spirit and soul to do either -- or both -- when needed?”
― Gordon B. Hinckley

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Forgive, not because they deserve forgiveness, but because you deserve peace. ~Author Unknown
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To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you. ~Lewis B. Smedes
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Forgiveness is a funny thing. It warms the heart and cools the sting. ~William Arthur Ward
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Forgiveness does not change the past, but it does enlarge the future. ~Paul Boese
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It is easier to forgive an enemy than to forgive a friend. ~William Blake, Jerusalem
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 All forgiveness is a gift to yourself. ~A Course in Miracles
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Forgive all who have offended you, not for them, but for yourself. ~Harriet Nelson
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He who cannot forgive breaks the bridge over which he himself must pass. ~George Herbert
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Nobody forgets where he buried the hatchet. ~Frank McKinney "Kin" Hubbard
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The man who forgives is far stronger than the man who fights. ~Nathan Croall
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Life is an adventure in forgiveness. ~Norman Cousins





Monday, 6 October 2014

5 Simple Ways To Raise Your Confidence & Strength



Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but
reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful 
or happy.  - Norman Vincent Peale



Encourage Yourself
Your whole life until this moment has been a series of interactions,tasks,actions,responsibilities, and circumstances.You have come through a lot.You have gained some and you have lost some.Yet strength invites you to consistently focus on what you have gained,what you have achieved,what you have accomplished,what you have contributed,what you have triumphed at,and what you have enjoyed.When you only focus on the best in your past you open up a pathway for furthermore fantastic experiences to unravel throughout your life.You do this through the magnetic force of attraction.More than that ,at the material and mental level ,you encourage yourself through every episode of positive focus.You gain courage from counting your successes,and your victories.You encourage yourself.Self encouragement is the vitamin for successful people.So keep counting your winning scores.

Face It
Whatever life demands from you must be done anyway.You cannot wish away essential responsibilities.Somethings must be done by you, and you alone.So what is the point wishing otherwise.Eventually ,you know you will have to do it.And it may then happen at a cost you may not like to pay.So the sane thing is to take the bull by the horns and meet the situation more than half way.

What is it that you are avoiding really?Meeting new people? Meeting old friends?Taking on new tasks,new responsibilities?Travelling out somewhere in the interest of your career,or business?Learning some new skill?Taking  those phone calls,or answering those emails at work?Facing differences of opinion with co-workers or boss?Meeting that demanding client?Starting out on that exercise or diet regimen?Doing this,or that?Has it become a habit to shrink from work and responsibility?How is this trait ultimately contributing to your leadership-success-index?
You know what?Every time you meet a task,responsibility,or circumstance boldly you grow taller by many an inch.You are taller in strength,in confidence,in composure,and in your self assurance in meeting,and accomplishing challenging tasks.These challenges are the “workstations” in your life’s “gym”.You can work out there and strengthen your muscles,or you can lay there passively, feeling justified in your irritation and dislike towards them.Finally you  are the one who gets to choose,either way.

Be A Self Starter & Reach Out
Be an initiator of things.Take action first.Commit yourself to this transformation.Do not keep waiting for circumstances to get perfect.It is better to start off doing something,however imperfect it may be initially,than to keep delaying your project indefinitely.Also,don’t postpone things because you don’t want  to take long in completing it .Someone put it very aptly though,“don’t  put off doing something simply because it will take a long time to show results.The time will pass off anyway”.So start doing things promptly and see how your confidence and strength rise. 

Stay Connected With Your Ability
You go to the drugstore and buy an aspirin over the counter because you have enough confidence in its ability to banish your ailment.You don’t question its efficacy even a tad bit.But what about your own ability,and your confidence in meeting life,people,work,responsibilities,tasks,aspirations,and the world at large?
It’s okay to place some confidence in your own abilities.In fact place a lot of confidence in your abilities.Believe in your ability to answer that mail,that phone call. Believe that you can differ with your associates,friends,spouse,or relatives and still remain cordial and composed.If other people can do certain things and yet remain calm and in control so can you.Bring yourself in contact with your inner confidence.Stay connected with it .More than that,send this inner power and confidence ahead of you in whatever you do in life.Stay ahead of your challenges ,at least within your inner center of power.Your external tasks and responsibilities,challenges and  problems are not half as powerful as you.Eventually you will  amaze yourself as you grow strong in doing and achieving much more than you ever dreamt.

Persevere
Stay motivated to always increase your self power under all circumstances.Building your confidence is your greatest responsibility.So continue to meet life from a centre of strength and confidence.No power can deter you if you are personally committed to doing well on this front.Know that you have the inner potential to imagine your desire and to materialize it.So dream of the highest and reach out to achieve it with your persistent action.