Photo Credit: Navi Indran Pillai (Instagram)
Photo Credit: Navi Indran Pillai (Instagram)

Cancer makes it tough for people mentally and physically for people who are suffering from it. But a breast cancer survivor did not let the ailment define her. Vaishnavi Poovanedran, known on Instagram as Navi Indran Pillai.

Cancer which takes away smiles from people’s faces, but in a series of posts, Vaishnavi spoke of how cancer has robbed many women of looking their best on their wedding day, and that her photo shoot was aimed at helping survivors realise they are bold and beautiful.


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Cancer treatments has given us alot of limitations, has robbed us from beauty and taken away our confidence. As a little girl, we have always dreamt of what our big day will be like and how we would look as a bride. But having cancer has stripped some of us from fulfilling these dreams. Alot of cancer survivors has postponed or even cancelled their big day. For me, as a cancer survivor, I dreamt the day I marry the love of my life. Dreamt, what it is like to look like a bride, to feel like a bride. Having gone through cancer treatments (chemotherapy, etc.), losing my hair was by far the hardest thing I ever had to go through. I felt that I was not beautiful enough to be loved and was not beautiful enough to look or ever feel like a bride. Hair, it is our ‘crowning glory’ and having that taken away from you is devastating. But we choose to accept what we have, appreciate what we are and welcome what is coming. So here it is, *Bold Indian Bride* ****************************************************** Bangles & Bridal Anklet : Silk Saree & Bridal Veil : @pattushastra Photography: @celesgrd Assisted by: @shi.vaa90 Make-up & Styling : @blushbeautybeyond Assisted by : @emmanuel_ravi98 Henna: @bdazzled_beauty #kissedbycancer #cancersucks #cancersurvivor #youngadultcancer #letsfcancer ** A huge thank you to the team. You guys made my dream come true. Not only I looked like a bride, I felt like a bride and it was all thanks to the wonderful team for bringing it to life. I am so grateful to have met such wonderful people. I am extremely blessed for the amount of love and support I have received. Scrolling through the pictures, tears rolled down because I got to have my dream come true and it is because you guys made it happen for me. I am extremely grateful. Thank you all so much. Lots of love, Navi

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Poovanedran in one of her posts wrote, “Cancer treatments have given us a lot of limitations, robbed us of beauty and taken away our confidence. As little girls, we have always dreamt of what our big day will be like and how we would look like as a bride.” Vaishnavi Poovanedran was diagnosed with third stage breast cancer at the young age of 22 in the year 2013. But after a lumpectomy and several sessions of chemotherapy, Navi was declared cancer-free in 2015, but the happiness didn’t last long, as last year-2018- a health check-up revealed that her cancer has returned.

But this news did not break her spirit and she decided to celebrate and become an inspiration for all those suffering from the illness. She recently took Instagram by storm after her bridal photo shoot titled ‘The Bold Indian Bride’ went viral.

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