The stories of those who strive so hard to succeed despite the hurdles of life are retold by others. This is necessary for those with similar challenges to rise up, face their fears and succeed. It was on this ground that Niger Delta Connect decided to share the story of a young man named Philip as shared by him to our team.
As a young child, Philip was from an average home, so his father could afford to enrol him in a private secondary school. Philip’s father withdrew him from the government school he was attending and enrolled him in a private school. Unfortunately for him, he had to start from Junior Secondary School Two (JSS2), again because at that time, the entry for junior West African Examination Council (WAEC) was closed. As if that was not painful enough, Philip also fell ill. He developed Rheumatoid arthritis which was also accompanied by sclerosis. It was a rare sickness for someone as young as he was. The sickness affected his right knee and it swells periodically which usually made him unable to walk for two weeks, anytime it appears. It left him handicapped and bedridden for some months. Philip was quite intelligent and so was given scholarship to further his studies. Since he was sick, he lost the chance to utilize the scholarship.
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His misfortune continued when his father had issues with work, which made him financially incapable to meet up with family needs, especially Philip’s education. Hence, it was difficult for him to continue with his education. The sun began to smile on Philip as he gradually began to recover from the sickness that people thought he would not recover from.
No one believed he could eventually go back to school. His family who could not afford his fee also lost the hope of him ever going back to school because of his reoccurring condition. Everyone expected that he would quit school.
However, since he knew that he was not going to get favour from people, Philip decided to take his future into his hands by seeing himself through school, despite the recurring sickness. He took up menial jobs just so he could further his education.
His aunt whom he stayed with was not enthusiastic about his education. After so many trials, he eventually got into the tertiary institution where the struggle continued. At the higher institution, he also missed out in exams and tests because of the sickness, not exempting the joggling between work and school. He never allowed that to deter him.
Now, Philip is a graduate, working and taking care of his entire family. If he could pull through, then nothing should stop you.
His story is quite similar to the story of Dr.Leslie Rott Welsbacher, who also has Rheumatoid Arthritis despite the discouragement from her Physician to quite school, colleagues, friends also did not believe she could pull through, but she did. She said:
When I was first diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, my rheumatologist was adamant that I quit graduate school and move home to live with my parents. “There’s no way you can be successful in your program while managing multiple chronic illnesses,” he said.
“I didn’t listen, and ultimately I did complete my program. My Rheumatologist and I came to an understanding that without school, my life didn’t feel like my life anymore. To pack up and leave would seal my fate more than trying to make it through.”
Those were their stories, yours could be different. They were able to tell these stories because they never gave up.
As John Sculley said “The future indeed belongs to those who see possibilities before they become obvious.”
Stay focused on your target and take a step, without any apologies to the current mountain you see right now. Don’t compromise!