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Yuliia was born in Sverdlovsk, Luhansk region, now it’s called Dovzhansk. She lived there until the age of 16, until she entered the Zaporizhzhia Medical Institute at the Faculty of Pharmacy to become a pharmacist. Yuliia built a happy life there, and after graduating from the institute, she returned to Sverdlovsk, where she worked as a pharmacy manager, a chemistry teacher at a school, and a pharmacology teacher at a medical school.
Back in 2014, the woman saw what war was like and decided to flee the city. That same night, she gathered only her documents, taking nothing else, and came to Kyiv in slippers and a single robe. She was immediately given a job in the capital as an experienced specialist. So, she became a manager of a pharmacy.
It was there, in Kyiv, that the woman learned about ADRA Ukraine for the first time. She received a voucher, thanks to which she could buy basic necessities and food in one of the large supermarkets.
In 2019, Yuliia learned about her diagnosis. Due to the rapid deterioration of her health, the woman was forced to move in a wheelchair. “When you’ve been active all your life, you work a lot, you feel a lot of energy, and you got such a diagnosis, everything has changed a lot. Life has stopped,” says the woman.
There was an All-Ukrainian rehabilitation center for people with disabilities in Liutizh village, Kyiv region, and Yuliia went there because she wanted to continue to be active. The woman studied to be a seamstress for a whole year and had to take an exam on February 24, 2022. However, this did not happen. Instead of an exam, there were rockets, explosions and fear. Yuliia and her friends, who were also in the rehabilitation center, stayed in Liutizh village for another two weeks. On one of the days when it was relatively safe to move, the woman moved to Chortkov town, Ternopil region, to a house of mercy.
This year, ADRA Ukraine appeared again in Yuliia’s life. Since the woman had previously said that she needed a new wheelchair, volunteers of the charitable organization were able to provide her with one, and along with it they brought a food kit, warm clothes and goodies.
“I’m so thankful to ADRA for the wheelchair, it means a lot to me now. Now I’m able to work, do everything on my own, and just go out to people that keeps my life going!”
ADRA Ukraine has provided a wheelchair to Mrs.Yuliia as part of the project with the support of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.