Reflective Essay: This Incident Proved To Be The Turning Point In My Life

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After graduating from high school, I went on to study fashion designing. Here in college, I met a girl, Vanessa, who had deep blue eyes and light brown locks. She was a kind, gentle and considerate person. She always thought about others before herself. She was very charitable and loved to care for those less privileged than herself. We got to know each other and became good friends. Vanessa and I used to spend our weekends together and on several occasions, joined each other on holiday. But, all this changed in one day.

Vanessa’s dad was a wealthy businessman and he was envied by many people. He was the target for every hijacker. On a dark, starless night, they chose to attack. Vanessa ...view middle of the document...

It didn’t take long to find her. She was in a corner of her room, sobbing. I rushed toward her and held her tight. She was shivering. Just then the ambulance arrived to fetch her dad. Vanessa’s mum joined him in the ambulance and my dad took Vanessa and me.

In the waiting room, I kept reassuring her that everything’s going to be fine. I told her that she and her mum could stay at my house. But she didn’t speak; she just cried. Minutes went by and then she revealed to me that she had been raped by one of the men. I held my tears back, I had to be strong for her sake. The nurse walked in and announced that Vanessa won’t be able to see her dad until the next day. That night, she and her mum came home with me.

Months went by, Vanessa fell ill and her dad was still recovering from his injuries. I would visit them often or telephone them. Vanessa was admitted into hospital; they conducted many tests on her. Then a few days later I received horrifying news: Vanessa was HIV positive. I was very upset. She was being treated for it but her condition was getting worse and worse. She didn’t want to go out in public anymore so I used to visit her but, she was very quiet and spoke little. Her mum was traumatized.

One afternoon I went to visit Vanessa. She felt tired and weak. I asked her if she needed anything, but she replied no and...

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