Amna Raheel was a regular baby when she was born, but at the age of two, she was diagnosed with muscular dystrophy, a condition that weakens the muscles. By the time she was 12, she also developed lordosis, which further affected her ability to walk, leaving her wheelchair-bound.
Growing up with a disability brought many challenges for Amna. She struggled to understand why she was different and couldn’t do things like other children. Her self-esteem suffered, and she faced teasing and laughter from her peers at school.
Being in a wheelchair made her realize the difficulties people with disabilities face. Karachi, where she lives, lacks accessible places for wheelchair users. For example, if a library was on the top floor, she couldn’t go, or if the canteen was located in an inaccessible area, she would remain in her class.
However, Amna fought bravely against these obstacles. Despite her challenges, she completed her BBA from a top university in Pakistan and is currently pursuing an MBA.
Amna wants the world to know that people like her are not “poor” or less capable. They have the same thoughts, feelings, and dreams as anyone else.
By sharing her story, Amna hopes to inspire others. She recently received an invitation to speak at TedX Islamabad, and she believes that positive and motivational individuals are needed to uplift and motivate others.
Amna has learned to be grateful for what she has. She reminds us that while we may feel like we have very little, if we view our lives from someone else’s perspective, we will realize how much we truly have. She believes in always thanking God for our blessings.
Amna is an incredible source of inspiration for all of us. We admire her strength and resilience. We wish her continued success and power in her journey, both now and in the future!