Aisha Chaudhary: Singing in the life boat

Aisha Chaudhary: Singing in the life boat


(Applause) My name is Aisha Chaudhary and I’m 15 years old. I was born with an immune deficiency, with a life expectancy of only one year. I had to undergo a bone marrow transplant at the age of six months. Recently I’ve developed a serious illness called Pulmonary Fibrosis – a hardening of the lung, as a side-effect of the transplant. And due to my illness, my life has been full of challenges. And I’ve often felt like I’m in the middle of a shipwreck. And today I’d like to share with you, Five important lessons I have learnt through the ups and downs of my journey. The first lesson, is to Believe In Miracles. Miracles are good things that are unlikely to happen. The chance was one in a million that I would be born immune deficient. And I was. But then, a miracle occurred. Where there was only 30% chance that I would survive the bone marrow transplant. And I did. But then, there was less than 10% chance that I would develop lung issues post the transplant. And I did. And now there’s only a 40% chance that my lungs can be cured. And I believe that they can be. Because I believe in miracles. (Applause) The second lesson I learnt, was- You should always live in the moment. This is a picture of me, about six months ago. You can see that I had an oxygen tube in my nose. Despite it all, I have a huge smile on my face. All because I’m holding my new puppy, Rolo. Each moment I spent cuddling with him, I’d be bursting with joy. And all the pain and the sadness that seemed so overpowering, in that one moment just seemed to melt away. If you look at your whole life ahead of you, You will find endless problems that you eventually have to face But if you start to look at life day by day , hour by hour or even moment by moment, you will find that your happiness will just begin to multiply. When I was just stuck in bed, unable to move, or even go to school, I thought hard about the things that I was able to do. I could sit and I could put a smile on my face. I wanted to model. I wanted to see what it was all about, to have my pictures somewhere out there. You can see in this picture, I’m all dressed up — ready for a photo shoot. Even though I’m sitting on that wheelchair and inhaling oxygen. As I sat there and I posed for the camera, it made me forget about all the things that I was incapable of. It was a fun thing for me to do. And it was great to see what goes on in a photo shoot. What I’ve learnt is that you should do what you can. Instead of feeling bad about the things that you’re unable to do. The third lesson I’ve learnt is that in every difficulty, one can always find an opportunity. For the past few years, I haven’t been able to attend school regularly like the rest of my friends. And this year, I’m taking math and art as subjects, leaving me with a lot of free time. But in this difficult time, I have managed to find the opportunity to pursue my passion for art. In fact, I found that I’ve sketched and painted more during my illness as compared to the time when I was well. On this slide are two pieces that I’ve done recently. Here’s a portrait of a baby. Done with dry pastels. It’s actually from a photo I took myself at a family gathering. On the right, is a piece I have done for the album art for the music that my brother has composed. And his song is called, ‘Drowsy Elephants’. The fourth lesson I learnt, was – Never forget to dream. This is a picture of me in my wheel chair, back when I couldn’t even walk two steps. Each night, I would dream. I would visualise what may seem like the smallest of things. I’d imagine myself walking around the market, in London with my friend. I’d dream of dancing endlessly at my cousin’s wedding. I’d visualise things down to every little detail. The colour of my outfit, which song I’d dance to, The setting of the stage, and my family celebrating. I dreamt of running around the garden with my two dogs. I wished that I’d get out of that wheel chair, and actually walk to my bathroom. I’d play a movie in my mind of all the things, that seemed completely impossible, in that one moment. And guess what? I did walk around the market in London with my friend. And I did dance at my cousin’s wedding. And I did get out of that wheel chair. And now I get to stand here and talk to you ! The power of the mind is limitless. Remember, that all things happen twice. Once, in your mind, and once, in reality. (Applause) Finally, the last lesson I learnt, was that – If everything else seems to fail, Get a dog. Pets are truly the best medicine. They are known to be extremely therapeutic. I found that Koby, the labrador, was extremely empathetic towards my situation. Back in January when I was unable to walk, Koby himself became very unwell. His legs trembled, and he couldn’t walk. I felt that he was mirroring what I had been going through. I was devastated to see him in this way, and I thought something terrible would happen to him. I pleaded with Koby to walk. And I told him that if he did, then I would try and walk a few steps as well. And by the next day, Koby was up and about, running around me happily. And I was so delighted to see him like this. Because in my heart, I knew, that I would get better, just as he did, some day. So as we now know, there’s always something in life to sing about. Something to be grateful for. I am grateful for my loving family, my friends, my dogs. In fact, I am even grateful for the challenges that life has thrown at me, for which I have experienced life with a much greater intensity than I would have otherwise. And I do believe, that my soul would have no rainbow if my eyes had no tears. Thank you for listening. (Applause)

100 thoughts on “Aisha Chaudhary: Singing in the life boat

  1. Such an inspiring soul. I went to watch the movie and then saw that her birth date matched mine (except that I was born 2 years before). Loved watching your story. Now, will head back to reading your artpiece.

  2. Loved the movie and love you Aisha,Aditi,Niren ,Eeshan andTanya …You robbed my heart… No… You all reigning on my sense and sensibility…

  3. I don't like people who treat children like children in an authoritative way….some children are more wise, strong and smarter than many adults. She is no ordinary girl. She is a brave soul who knew how to fight life's battle with courage.

  4. Hi Aisha I know you are alive and you will never be absent in my mind, after watching your movies my tear was not stopping from my eyes and was sitting till everyone went from the theater, feeling your pain what u have survive 18 years and hats off to your parents, specially your mom Mrs. Aditi, the most sacrifice lady on the earth, i dont know how she be normal in her daily life after her daughter rest in peace,
    Inshallah wish i could write more to describe my feeling toward Aisha,
    RIP
    love u a lot:(, πŸ™

  5. β€œIf I have to have pulmonary fibrosis,I choose to have a happy pulmonary fibrosis β€œ
    Life changing and truly humbling!

  6. I am fucking sick and tired of this whoes watching this after …that question…🀬🀬🀬🀬🀬🀬

  7. 😭😭😭😭😭😭😘😘😘😘😘rest in peace sweety🌹❀

  8. Who is watching this after Sky Is Pink movie
    Me!!!!!
    Aisha and Tanya are an absolute inspiring girls
    Im sure she is missing her panda moose and girrafe also rolo

  9. Thanks to "The Sky is Pink" we got to see what you have gone through such a brave and inspirational girl you are living in our hearts Aishu❀️

  10. The sky is pink ke akhir me jo clip he…. πŸ˜– πŸ™ love u all

    Ye to Aisha chaudhari ek he najane kitne bache inse 6ote jo gareeb he vo mare honge aur ab tak kitne kisina kisi vajah se mare honge unki soul santi se rahe aur ye duniya me dubara vo har khusi pa sake jo pehle janam me nai pa sake thank u for read this

  11. Kudos πŸ‘Œgirl and the parents, true champs πŸ‘ bravest story I've ever heard after war grounds. The struggles and the secrefices you people made are really appreciable.
    As a soldier I salute you guys, Tons of salute πŸ™πŸ‘ much love πŸ’–
    As

  12. I came here after watching the movie – the sky is pink . This movie had me crying. I felt a part of mine in that story.

  13. I am really inspired by her speeches…my daily problems seem so minute in front of her and now I feel that I should enjoy my life more rather than groaning at every bad situation…
    RIP Aisha and thank you for letting us live our lives to the FULLEST ⚰⚰

  14. Dunno why I missed watching it in theaters, "The Sky is Pink". Thanks, Netflix, for introducing such a life to me. Such a life! AishaπŸ’•

  15. When my father is fighting COPD, I came through the movie The Sky is Pink one day…..and came here to watch Aaisha …..you have given me immense hope girl….I found happiness amidst challenges…..you are an inspiration to millions….you will live forever in our hearts ❀️

  16. "Walking on the tightrope, Singing in the lifeboats
    Why they wanna medicate me like a, sick joke
    I don't wanna let go, never mind, chor doe
    And if I get a tummy ache then I'll just take a Pepto"

    These tiny little references her brother has put in his outro song 'For Aisha' in The Sky is Pink. Super-cute!
    Elements like these, and that 'oye hoye' in Aishi's voice, gives a purely magical soul to the music, I must say.
    Great work, MEMBA!
    Lotsa love !!!

  17. I had seen movie on her, name the sky is pink. It's really heart touching,but it is inspirational too. I could even stop my tears. I wish Once should watch person whos thinks life is waste even planning for sucide… Rip sister

  18. I came here after watching the movie… And i don't know what to say… Just want to say You are inspiring everyone… Thanks ❀️

  19. Agar ye movie nhi hoti to sab logo ko pta v nhi chalta
    She was brave girls and best motivational forever in just teenage

  20. RIP to u and your sister. You are an inspiration to many after death and m sure while you lived as well. A huge respect and shout out to your parents who did such and incredible job to keep you happy and to support u, n off course a big up to ur brother and everyone who helped you. i am happy to know the way you lived through the movie and you tube videos. So brave fighting death all the time and talking about it fearlessly. I hope people get inspired by you all the time. thank you for teaching us how to live and how powerful your mind is and how beautiful life is. You gone but will not be forgotten. πŸ™‚ bless your family.

  21. Whose waching this after the sky is pink lovely movie R.I.P Aisha πŸ˜”πŸ˜”πŸ˜”πŸ˜”πŸ˜”πŸ˜‡πŸ˜‡πŸ˜‡πŸ™πŸ™πŸ™

  22. I have tears in my eyes and smile on my face. I wish I had such life, that could touch other’s life. Are we just our lives?
    What’s the point to be existed for 80 year with no mean or purpose

  23. An early death is a blessing, she suffered and she is so patience with that, more she handle her patience her rewards is more bigger in hereafter. Patients is beautiful

  24. Wow…Aisha your words were so profound. Thank you for blessing us with your thoughts… you have made a amazingly positive impact on my life and I’m sure of others. RIP

  25. I watched movie the sky is pink & i am crying i have tears in my eyes no word for you & your family
    Salutes you & your family
    Love you aisha ❀❀❀❀

  26. Brave girl…few people fight like you otherwise lots of people attempt suicide…One day everyone die but some people fight like you…..

  27. Hey.
    I watched this movie on
    28 December 2019 and writing the comment at 2:52 am . What an amazing movie.
    Still I have tears in my eyes and I cried a lot in this movie. God bless her. She was amazing ❀
    -Jerry Choudhary

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