Kanakavalli’s April Vignette with Dr. Shanthipriya is a lesson in overcoming adversity. An ophthalmologist, a mother, a wife and a friend, Dr. Shanthipriya was diagnosed with Early Onset Parkinson’s Disease in 2012. Reluctant at first to talk about her condition, she participated in an international pageant last year which helped her transform her approach to life. Empowered by this experience and the realisation that her condition does not define her, Dr. Shanthipriya launched an NGO earlier this month to offer medical support to those suffering from Parkinson’s while creating awareness about the disorder.
In this incredibly honest conversation over on our journal she opens up about her journey from a shy, introverted doctor to an activist, while talking about her passion for fitness and travel, and the importance of taking her life one day at a time.
Taking time to browse through the Kanakavalli repertoire, Dr. Shanthipriya curates a selection of kanjivarams that bring together the traditional and the modern, a reflection of who she is.