A famous Egyptian quote goes,
“I don’t want my pain and struggle to make me a victim. I want my battle to make me someone else’s hero.”
In this week’s #FridayFeature focusing on our #WonderWomen segment we’re proud to share the story of one such writer and author. Meet, Shruthi BS, cancer survivor and a published author of four multilingual books (English & Kannada). What gave her the strength to fight and survive the tough times and what motivated her to pursue a writing career? Let’s hear it in her own words.
“I can say life and its experiences got me into this profession. I’m a cancer survivor. When I recovered from my illness my father suggested writing down my journey and that’s how it began.
However, it wasn’t as if my struggles had ended with surviving cancer. As a writer the biggest struggle was to find a publisher.
When I first wrote my book in Kannada I waited for almost two years, then finally after reading an article which narrated my journey and mentioned about my manuscript, Gubbachchi Satish, a publisher approached me. Even when I translated it into English, I had to go through the same struggle. Eventually I published the English book on Amazon Kindle.
The turning point of course was getting diagnosed, treated and eventually beating this monster called ‘Cancer’! I was 18 when I was diagnosed with bone cancer called Osteosarcoma and went through harsh treatments and surgery.
All of it, made me strong, optimistic and gave me a different perspective on life. I was completely a new person after that painful experience. Other than my family who have been patient and supportive all through my treatments and my career choices after that, I drew my motivation from Sean Swarner.
He is a two time cancer survivor and the first cancer survivor to summit Mt. Everest, voted one of the top 8 most inspirational people in history. He entered my life just at the right time, I was done with my treatments and was unable to decide what to do with my life. He has been an inspiration and a great friend. His life taught me to love my life and dream big!
The journey so far has been an incredible one, especially after my bout with cancer. I penned down my experience in Kannada and this book received Karnataka Sahitya Academy Award, Ratnamma Heggade award and Advisor Patrika prashasti. Second edition of this book has been launched recently.
I began to write cancer related articles on a webpage called Readoo. The aim behind this is to create awareness about cancer and it has been a great success so far. The articles have been compiled and brought out as a book. Now, I have published my first English novel ‘Life can blossom again’ on Amazon Kindle. My learnings?
Well, the best learning is that
‘Life is the best teacher’.
It taught me plenty of lessons and the learning is a continuous process. During my treatment and for my books and articles, I interacted with a lot of cancer survivors and we exchanged our experiences. Through these I learned about hope, resilience and faith; the conversations were always elevating. To each person out there reading this, my message is simple,
“If you have the will to live, every pain and struggle will be surpassable and worth it.”
You can drop in a message or have a look at Shruthi’s works via her social media handles below:
You can buy her books from Amazon through the below given links: