What experiences shape us and transform various aspects of our lives? From health challenges and finding support in the most unexpected places, to fostering inclusivity by being mindful about diverse backgrounds, health challenges and abilities. This is the story of Parita Dholakia, Senior Manager Communications, Abbott India. She was born with Osteogenesis Imperfecta – a condition that causes bones to fracture easily and also may lead to hearing loss. Parita has shown remarkable fortitude since childhood, and her life’s journey is an inspiration for all of us today
More than her challenges
“I was born as a Blue Baby with Osteogenesis Imperfecta, and was given a 24-hour timeline to survive. That was the first battle I fought coming into this world, totally unaware of the challenges I would face going forward.”
And while she did face them head on, Parita’s many aspirations and passions were put to the test numerous times in childhood with almost a dozen surgeries for broken bones by her teens, and further on in her early twenties with progressive hearing loss that remains immune to treatment options. Fortunately, with a family who was her backbone and an extremely supportive school that encouraged her, Parita maintained a good academic record that helped fuel her dreams. She looked forward to heading to college and went on to complete her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees, and began an enriching career in communications, with a Pharma background.
Teamwork makes the dream work
“I’ve lost my hearing, I haven't lost my aspirations.”
By the time Parita finished her studies, her hearing loss had progressively worsened. So when she joined Abbott she was dependent on a hearing aid. Given the progressive nature of her condition, she remained vulnerable and worried But, she found immense support in her manager and colleagues, enabling her to pursue her career aspirations with zest and strength. From acknowledging and normalizing the existence of her impediment to making adjustments in communication and working styles, the support from her team went a long way in ensuring that she could be an active participant in the professional ecosystem, sans limits.