The Cancer Survivor Who Became A Celebrated Blogger: Priyanka Joshi Nair

Last updated 6 Aug 2020 . 1 min read

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CANCER - the word, the struggle, the trauma, the pain sends shivers down the spine of anyone and everyone who hasn't even gone through it.

Because the word sends down the signal - NO HOPE.

But one woman turned her life around from this so-called NO HOPE zone to becoming an inspiration. This week I take you to meet Mumbai-based Priyanka Joshi Nair an MBA who his slowly making her mark in the blogging world.

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Hailing from Jaipur, Priyanka says she is among the few privileged girls who got the freedom to chase their dreams, expand their wing-span and take a flight to the heights they wish to perch at. No wonder, besides being an MBA in, Priyanka also holds a Diploma in Computers, Diploma in Export Management, B.Com and has also recently done Digital Marketing Basics.

priyanka with her parents

She had over six years of experience in various fields including Industrial and educational field. In 2011 Priyanka wed the man of her choice from down South India. 

priyanka with her daughter

And then the birth of her daughter in 2013 came as a happy, yet a big turning point in her life. A bittersweet experience shared in her own words, "I took maternity break after my baby girl was born, usually, we get it for three months in but as I was an old employee I was granted almost one-year maternity break, but could not continue work as I had to take care of my daughter; that was the best job of my career and I was performing really well."

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Chores towards her daughter would keep her busy and also the hope to bounce back in her career soon. She says, all seemed to be going well...till 2016 when....,

"I was diagnosed with a worse kind of TB. Besides I had some 18 tumors all inside my abdomen area, especially near my food pipe and liver. I could hardly talk, I used to faint, always had a fever, breathlessness. But I was blessed that I was diagnosed at a very early stage and started my treatment which lasted for 11 months. My baby was three-years-old at that time. Only my husband, parents stood by me, none else. I remember the days when my daughter would cry seeing me unresponsive and also the days when I would hide my pain behind Kajal, Lipstick and other make-up to look normal to her."

priyanka with husband and daughter

Priyanka says that this journey through cancer was the turning point in her life. "Mahima, at one point, I was undergoing treatment while my husband was transferred by his company to Mumbai. I was staying at my mom's place in Indore. Neighbours use to pass snide remarks about me staying at my mother's place; about choosing to marry in the wrong family and even about my weight gain - I had put on about 15 kgs. There was no end to the mental trauma that my family and I were inflicted by neighbours. But then, I would think, do they really matter? I was restless, but somehow not hopeless. I decided to change my life from being a victim of life to be a winner from life. I identified my passion to write and decided to create my own blog. This led to my blogging journey starting December 2016, since I had decided a New Year has to bring me to a New Start," recalls Priyanka.

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And today she has more than a 100 blogs to her credit on her own website. Her pen name is VIRTUAL SIYAHI (meaning virtual ink) while she writes umpteen posts on Self Help and Mental Health Awareness. And has lost count of others contributed to different websites across India. Some of these have been awarded as well.

priyanka celebrates her 100th blog post

She laughs,

"Yes 150 to be precise Mahima, I just checked while talking to you. Yes, you may call me a pen-freak, writing is cathartic. My daughter is my biggest motivation, she sits beside me most of the times, she also asks me how many likes did you get today on your blogs? Priyanka laughs again and adds, "My husband is also being very supportive."

priyanka posts seo training certificate

But Priyanka hasn't stopped here. She has continued to invest in herself, "I decided to upgrade myself and learnt SEO beginning level online, got certified and started writing as per best SEO practices, preferred staying original and raw. My passion became my purpose and now I will take it further."

priyanka wins sheroes challenge

In October 2018 she came across SHEROES through social media and shared her very first article. Later she also won a badge of honour for a writing prompt #irefusetoquit in the Aspiring Writers Community of which I am a very active member. She tells me on phone," I was not aware of how to go about SHEROES, but I still took part in #irefusetoquit Challenge. After that, I forgot about it, but Ms. Nidhi Thawal took so much effort to connect with me to let me know that I have won and sent me my gift which was a wonderful book! At SHEROES I feel at home.

priyanka wins another sheroes contest

Priyanka adds, 

"At SHEROES, I feel loved, cared and welcomed all the time. My writing skills are appreciated here. And a little appreciation can do great wonders-- not many know about this. SHEROES has given me that much-needed confidence and also strengthened my will to keep going strong as a blogger."

Today she is a celebrated member of the SHEROES ASPIRING WRITERS' COMMUNITY.

priyanka loves to travel

So what next Priyanka? Pat comes the reply, "I want to get into Entrepreneurship, I already call myself SOLO-PRENEUR. Writing and reading have changed me a lot and I want to take it to the next level. I am designing my own products which will take a few months, I do have a vision. And I will share the updates with you at the right time. All I know for now is that I wish to give my daughter the best life of her dreams. And for that, I am pretty focused."

priyanka writes a motivational post

The five-year-old is her partner in solo-travel, painting, dance, walks as well as Yoga! And since it is their Yoga time, Priyanka leaves us with an inspirational note:

"We need to change, we need to lift another women up instead of pulling her down; we need to stay strong for things we believe in, real power comes from within and we need to take charge. Let nothing stop us from achieving our dreams. Let nothing effect your internal peace, take control of your inner-self. Swami Vivekananda once said - Arise, Awake and Stop for Nothing. So women, remember - Patience and Perseverance is the Key."

So if #HerStory has touched your heart, do share it will others. And don't forget to follow Priyanka on SHEROES.

Additionally read about this woman Coming Out Of The Cancer Closet.

Mahima Sharma
An award-winning Independent Journalist & Content Curator based in New Delhi. She is Ex-News Editor, CNN-News18 and ANI (a collaboration with Reuters) who comes with an experience of 14 years in Print, TV and Digital Journalism. She is the only Indian who finds a mention in the Writers' Club of Country Squire Magazine, United Kingdom. Sufi at heart, she also has some 30 poems to her credit at various reputed international podiums.

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