Let’s start today with the inspiring story of Mrs Ijeoma Nnodim, who became deaf at a very young age but fought against all odds to fulfill her dream of becoming a pediatrician.
Mrs Ijeoma, a native of Ozubulu in Anambra state who was born and bred in Lagos became aware of her condition in primary school.
As a little girl,her hearing impairment medically termed sensoreneurial hearing loss wasn’t so bad but it worsened steadily. Her critical hearing state was discovered by her primary school teachers who thought she wasn’t pay attention in class but finally detected her problem.
Afterwards she continued her secondary education where she had to struggle for the front seat just to see the teacher and read his lips.
After completing her secondary school education, she had access to her first hearing aids, which didn’t last long because they were bought as faily used.
Queries and shouts from people who thought she was a snub and ignored them deliberately led her to become withdrawn and bury herself in book, with the zeal of making a name for herself.
With words of encouragement and support from her mother, she progressed know to the higher institution where she gained admission to study medicine and surgery at the college of medicine in the University of Lagos.
After earning her degreee, she went further to procure a post graduate specialist program at Federal Medical Center in Asaba, Delta state .
Now she is happily married to a pharmacist from Imo state with two beautiful daughters.
In an interview, she said “there is ability in every disability. I believe that with God all things are possible. My life is an example. You only have to believe “.
Taking a cue from Mrs Ijeoma’s story, our advise is, no matter the condition you are presently or find yourself in future, you just have to courage to work on your dreams and ignore criticisms from people.
Keep Going Mrs Ijeoma! We Celebrate You!