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A few days back, my AS biology teacher told the class a (true) story about herself that I thought was really beautiful, and should be shared. For privacy reasons, I will call my biology teacher "Sara" Also, I live in Pakistan, so you might find some of the things I say a little confusing due to cultural differences, but here goes:

When Sara was in uni, she was teased and called "bookworm", because she was always studying. Tons of her classmates used to cheat off of her, and she (being very meek and shy) always let them.
After uni, she got married. Her husband was somewhat old-fashioned, and asked (not forced) her to give up on her dreams of studying further and specializing and becoming a doctor, and to get a less time-consuming job. Sara, being young, and wanting to please her husband, quickly agreed.
So Sara became a--not very well paid-- teacher instead, and eventually had 3 daughters.
When her eldest daughter (I'll call her Aisha) was about 16, she became very ill. (My teacher was quite vague about this part, but I think it was diabetes that was undiagnosed for a long time, and something else maybe). She went into a coma, and all the doctors believed that it would be best if she just passed away, because something or the other would definitely go wrong with her if she woke up (either brain damage, or something else).
However, she woke up. She was mostly alright, but she had gone blind.
Now, she was at the age of giving her O levels (GCSEs), and she insisted on giving them that year, even though her mother wanted her to focus on recovering.
Eventually agreeing, Sara would read aloud from textbooks, and Aisha would only listen and learn everything.
When the time for her GCSEs came around, someone actually read the exam questions out to her, and wrote what she dictated. She ended up with straight As.
Later on, Aisha got surgery for her eyes, and the eye specialist that did it was a very famous one. He was also an ex-class fellow of Sara's, someone who used to cheat off of her in university! :awesome:
So Aisha regained her sight, to some extent, and went on to do her A levels and get into a university...on scholarship!
But Aisha was still very ill. She used to have fits, and needed injections, without which she would quickly die. (Again, my teacher was very vague about this part.)
Now one day, Aisha came home from uni a little upset. She told her mother, Sara, that a friend of hers had said to her that no one would ever want to marry her because of how ill she was. Sara tried to make her daughter feel better, telling her that any boy that didn't want her didn't deserve her, but Aisha was not convinced. Her illness, along with the additional grief of her father (Sara's husband) passing away around that time, caused her to become depressed, and it took a lot of therapy for her to get better.
Then, one day, a guy, or "prince Charming", as my teacher put it (I'll name him Harris) from Aisha's university came to their house and told Sara that he wanted to marry her daughter. As you can tell, the marriage system is quite different in this country! The guy usually asks the parents for their daughter's hand. :ahee:
Sara (not wanting a Jane Eyre scenario--anyone get the reference? :ahee:) then proceeded to tell him about how ill Aisha was, and how difficult it would be to look after her, how it was unlikely for her to have kids, but he didn't care. He asked Sara to teach him how to take care of Aisha, how to give her injections when she needed them, what to do when she had a fit. Sara agreed, but she said she had a condition for him: he had to support Aisha in studying further, in doing her Masters and getting a good job, since she regretted not doing so herself.
Harris said that he would have her get a PHD, not just Masters. Sara didn't fully believe him, but Aisha was more than willing to marry him, so the wedding took place less than a year later.
Now Aisha has been happily married for several years, has a daughter (despite how unlikely the doctors had said it would be), and she just completed her PHD last week!!
My teacher (Sara) told the class that it was one of the happiest days of her life, seeing her daughter so confident and accomplished. Most of the class had tears in their eyes by the end of the story, and so did my teacher :')
Idk, I just thought it was a really perfect story. Tell me what you thought
Also, I'd like to add that my biology teacher is a really, really lovely woman, and SO hilarious. You'd never expect that she's been through so much.

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That's so lovely, thank you for sharing it.

Also regarding your last couple of sentences - that's usually always the way - the nicest people have usually been through a lot, I guess bad experiences teach compassion, humility and humor.
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Wow! I'm so happy for your teacher and her daughter
You know, even I got some kind of 'illness', not much serious though, my Prince Charming cares a lot for me and he even said that he'll still love me even if it was serious.
Great people still exists!

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That's so lovely, thank you for sharing it.

Also regarding your last couple of sentences - that's usually always the way - the nicest people have usually been through a lot, I guess bad experiences teach compassion, humility and humor.
Thanks for replying And I guess you're right...It's kind of bitter-sweet, though :')

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Wow! I'm so happy for your teacher and her daughter
You know, even I got some kind of 'illness', not much serious though, my Prince Charming cares a lot for me and he even said that he'll still love me even if it was serious.
Great people still exists!

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Aww, that's so sweet. I hope I find a guy like that some day :

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