“From every wound, there is a scar, and every scar tells a story. A story that says “I Survived” – Craig Scott
After an unassuming fall, Adenike Oyetunde, was dealt with life’s unexpected card – living without her right leg at age 20, when she was diagnosed with “osteogenic sarcoma“.
Eleven years after, on the 4th of February 2017, these were Nike’s words “Eleven years today, I beat CANCER!!! I lost my limb, It’s always a VERY emotional day for me. But today, in @babatunde140’s words, My courage is NOT for me alone…”
Nike is not just a Cancer Survivor, She’s living a wholesome life; inspiring people through her story and the Initiatives she runs.
After her post on 4th of February, I had a number of questions to ask her, so I reached out and she was like “Lara, send all the questions, I would be more than glad to answer”. I truly hope this Inspires you to rise above every challenge and keep Hope alive.
Oh! did i mention she drives? and she’s an OAP (On Air Personality) at Nigeria Info 99.3FM! Well now you know 😉
Yaaayyyy; It’s been 11 years and you are totally cancer free. How does that make you feel?
Grateful, eternally grateful to our God. My healer, and the one who alone understands all things. I feel inspired to walk on this journey with others.
How did it all start?
I had a fall at home, and four days later; couldn’t get out of bed. After a few tests, diagnosis at the National Orthopedic Hospital stated it was ‘osteogenic sarcoma (cancer of the bone). We (mum, dad and I ) refused to succumb to the initial diagnosis, because we initially didn’t believe the medical doctors knew what they were saying.
It was a trying moment; The final acceptance of my new reality of having cancer, chemotherapy, the amputation and now, life as an amputee.
Did you ever got angry with God?
I’m grateful that even when I didn’t know so much about God, I didn’t feel anger towards God. I simply just wanted answers, and I knew they’ll unravel with time. I was open to do that. I was open to wait.
Tell us a bit about yourself.
I grew up as an only child at home, but hardly felt so; since, I always had family friends over all the time. I am superbly excited, almost all the time. I can talk for the world…
I have my mum, dad and myself; as the first point of love and most important people to me; of course after God and hot sliced bread. 😉
How did you manage finances?
First family, when we had run out, friends. And yup! loads from so many well wishers, many.
Looking back today, would you wish the story was any different?
Some days I think maybe… others, maybe not… Now, I know better; whatever and whichever direction my life takes, I’ll trust God always.
What were your biggest fears? And how did you overcome it/them?
Interestingly, I did not have fears, at least earlier on, but fear of marriage set in, but hardly settled down, before it left. My concern really is how I can live my best, not merely by inspiring others, but equally empowering them, to live to the fullest.
Any projects you working on?
I work with the Irede Foundation, where we provide free prosthetic limbs to amputees kids,from whatever age we meet them, till they’re 18.
Recently started an initiative called “Amputees United“. Where amputees can help each other mentally, and psychologically; not leaving out the most important of them; spiritually.
Nothing beats a determined mind. Where in doubt, reach out for help, it hurts no one. Only you, can stop you…
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Till my next post; Live your Best.
Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13