Iron Lady of Bilaspur Chhattisgarh: Like the ‘Kal Purush’ of Vedic mythology, Anita Dua is a tough warrior. She is a three-time cancer survivor since 1992; First cervical cancer, 2017 breast cancer, 2020 collar bone cancer. “A few months ago, I was diagnosed with throat cancer for which I was undergoing treatment. It doesn’t matter if you are lucky in life. We need to focus on our mental capacity,” she said.
This 62-year-old Bilaspur woman’s mantra for a happy life is: Pursue your passion for whatever you want and be happy for the achievement. As if the ailments were not enough, Anita lost her husband in 1997 and their only son 15 years ago.
In Bilaspur, he is a living legend; There are stories about how he navigated his life through adversity and showed unwavering courage to move forward to shape his future. During her journey, she recalls how her daughter Nidhi, a court manager in Chhattisgarh’s Durg district, was her strong support.
Iron Lady of Bilaspur Anita Dua
She started modeling at the age of 57. Since then she has won 15 titles in beauty pageants, only she knows how to deal with pain. “I imagined happiness in proportion to the pain I went through. By doing this, I realized I stopped worrying. I thought about my options moving forward. By participating in beauty pageants, my morale increased,” she said.
Some of the titles bestowed upon her include ‘Diva of Chhattisgarh’, ‘Face of the Year’, ‘Best Ramp Walk’, ‘Best Smile’ and ‘Inner Beauty Crown’. Blood was donated in 58 camps. “You never know how a simple, safe way to donate blood can make a difference in someone’s life,” she said.
“With real life experience, she has a good understanding of how to overcome challenges and carve out a place for herself in society. Model Srishti Verma said that she really gives a strong message to everyone. Dua says from her own experience, “I always advise women to engage in productive activities that lead to life.”
“Many people struggle to cope with cancer. Anita fought to the best of her ability,” said cancer care specialist Dr. Chandrasekhar Rahalkar, who is treating her. Huh.
Yoga also gives a new impetus to life. Recipient of ‘Inspire Woman’ Award given by Union Minister Nitin Gadkari. She regularly takes free yoga classes. She is often called the ‘Iron Lady of Bilaspur’ for her work in health and cancer awareness.
There is another side to her personality: cooking. Anita has won titles like ‘Malika-e-Rasoi’, ‘Rasoi Ki Superstar’, ‘Rasoi Ki Rani’ and ‘Rasoi Ki Rani’. She was on a cookery show on a local TV channel every day for six months. She loves experimenting with recipes that add a unique flavor to her life.
For another achievement, she received the title of ‘Supermom of Chhattisgarh’ for her solo dance performance. “I look for opportunities to interact with women and girls so that I can increase their knowledge and confidence,” she says.
In today’s times, there is a situation of not knowing when a small disease will turn into a big one. In such a situation, when a disease like cancer comes, the courage is lost on hearing that name. But if you have courage and positive thoughts you can beat any disease. Anita Dua from Bilaspur, Chhattisgarh proved this.
62-year-old Anita has so far beaten three cancers and is battling a fourth cancer. But she has no fear or sorrow, instead she advises people to live wholeheartedly. She was diagnosed with cervical cancer in 1992, then breast cancer in 2017 and collar bone cancer in 2020. But thrice he beat cancer.
She lost her husband and son
According to The New Indian Express, a few months ago he was diagnosed with throat cancer, for which he was undergoing treatment. Anita lost her husband in 1997 and her only son 15 years ago. But she’s still trying to live life to the fullest.
His daughter Nidhi, who is a court manager in Durg district of Chhattisgarh, has been his strong support in this journey.
Started modeling at the age of 57
She entered modeling at the age of 57. Since then, Anita has won 15 titles in beauty pageants. There is always a smile in the midst of pain. Some of the titles bestowed upon her include ‘Diva of Chhattisgarh’, ‘Face of the Year’, ‘Best Ramp Walk’, ‘Best Smile’ and ‘Inner Beauty Crown’.
Not only that, blood donation was also done in 58 camps. “You never know how a simple, safe way to donate blood can change someone’s life,” Anita told The New Indian Express.