It is incredible how you can know someone all your life, and never truly appreciate the strength and zeal they possess… till you see them exert it in full force. Ijay, as she is fondly called, can easily be described as a go-getter… mighty brain, petite body. Her petite stature creates the assumption that she is a delicate and fragile lady. 2016 proved everyone wrong.
Ijay abruptly found out she had brain tumors, and needed to get to the operating table ASAP. Doctors said she may not make it to surgery… they feared for the worst. Ijay on the other hand remained positive, uplifting everyone around her with her infectious giggle/smile. ‘Nina, I’m not too proud to accept that I am scared. But, I have 2 daughter, so I have only one goal. I must make it back home’. These were her words to me… the inner strength this woman possesses is phenomenal. I can’t even imagine how worried she was on the inside, but I never felt it in her voice or actions. Somehow, she was able to make everyone around her become certain that she will make it back… and she did.