London: An Indian-origin student in the
UK who struggled with a debilitating muscular condition that
confined her to a wheelchair, has inspired many by graduating
in a creative writing course.
Leicester-based Sarabjit Parmar, 27, suffers from
facioscapulohumeral (FSH) muscular dystrophy from childhood,
which involved not being able to smile.
Parmar wrote about the muscular condition during the
course at the University of Derby, and successfully completed
the degree in Media Writing and Creative Writing, reports from
The genetic condition causes a progressive weakening
of skeletal muscles in the face, shoulders and upper arms and
means she has difficulty speaking.
Sarabjit told the local media that she has never let
her disability get in the way of achieving her goals and
despite having to commute to Derby every day by taxi, she was
determined to complete the course.
She has written about her experiences of living with
FSH muscular dystrophy in a range of publications and wrote
her final-year dissertation on the way disability was
portrayed in the fashion and modelling industry.
"Three years ago, I had awfully big doubts
about committing myself to a university course, where to go
and what to study. My commute was long and tiring at times,
but I knew what I wanted out of life and I`m very ambitious,"
She said people are often "amazed at how much I`ve
achieved in my life sometimes I can`t believe it."
Sarabjit now wants to use what she has learnt on her
degree course to make a living as a freelance writer, the
Colin Dyter, subject leader for the course, said
Sarabjit is a "very determined student who has overcome
enormous difficulties to successfully complete her degree".
"I`m sure she`ll do well in her writing career in
future," he added.