My name is Nunna Aravind Kumar, S/o Mr.Samba Siva Rao, native of Machilipatnam town, Krishna district in Andhra Pradesh. I was born on 3rd of January 1990. It was when I reached the age of 5 years that I started to break my bones even with minimum impact. My parents thought something thing was wrong with me and they took me to Nizam Institute Of Medical Science in Hyderabad. I was diagnosed to have Osteogeneis imperfecta. I had inherited this condition from my mother who has OI type-1. Since my parents are from small town, and there were no qualified doctors back in those days to diagnose her condition and it went un-noticed till she turned 30 and everyone assumed that she was just fragile.
My initial years was a struggle. When I started going to school, children of my age started bullying and started making fun of me due to my bad posture. Also there were issues within the family too and i was an easy target left to defend myself. So much so that facing the school, facing the neighbours and facing my parents became my biggest challenge. As I reached the age of adolescent I started realizing that I was not just a normal kid like others which made me feel inferior and depressed.
I pushed myself to finish schooling and then joined college. That is when I made a life changing decision which had profound effect on me. I joined a gym to become physically stronger and prove that I am stronger and more capable than what people thought of me. Although I started with some light workouts and lifting small weights, I was making gradual progress until a major accident occurred in 2009 that left me with a fractured leg and made me immobile for six months. However, I did not give up but got back to the gym again with a stronger will and started to train with weights. Eventually, I shifted from training with weights to weight lifting so I could compete in college level competitions with normal people. My own capabilities surprised me as I got the third place in those competitions. I also wanted to explore other forms of fitness so I started swimming and enrolled in Shito Ryu karate classes in which I have achieved the orange belt and have mastered some self-defence moves.
As this passion grew stronger in me, I developed other interests as well such as Snake conservation. I completed my studies in law with LLB and I am currently working as an Advocate in the Honourable High Court of Andhra Pradesh. My next goal is to participate in the Iron Man competition and I want to motivate people who face different kinds of challenges in their lives.
As for me, I choose to see the challenges of having OI as an opportunity which has made me understand that I am more than my condition. I thank IOIF for giving me an opportunity to speak of my journey with OI and raise awareness about it.