The yesteryear actress, Sonali Bendre recently shared with the world her newly started battle with cancer. She was diagnosed with a type of metastatic cancer, which she is being treated for in New York. Her fans and the whole of Bollywood wished her a speedy recovery, for which she thanked everyone very graciously and with a lot of emotions.
She mentioned in her post how her family members and loved ones have surrounded her with all the positivity and love. She mentioned how she is going to take the battle ahead with the biggest smile on her face.
Sometimes, when you least expect it, life throws you a curveball. I have recently been diagnosed with a high grade cancer that has metastised, which we frankly did not see coming. A niggling pain led to some tests, which led to this unexpected diagnosis. My family and close friends have rallied around me, providing the best support system that anyone can ask for. I am very blessed and thankful for each of them. There is no better way to tackle this, than to take swift and immediate action. And so, as advised by my doctors, I am currently undergoing a course of treatment in New York. We remain optimistic and I am determined to fight every step of the way. What has helped has been the immense outpouring of love and support I’ve received over the past few days, for which I am very grateful. I’m taking this battle head on, knowing I have the strength of my family and friends behind me.
And she let her fans a sneak peek into the first thing she did for herself and to start this whole journey which is definitely going to be filled with so much feels and emotions. Sonali posted a series of pictures and videos in a New York based salon, where she was going to get her hair cut short. People who do know about or have witnessed someone who has battled this life altering disease knows that the therapy isn’t easy on the person who suffers from it. The chemotherapy itself makes a patient lose their hair and Sonali was ready to take control of the whole situation. Being a woman I know how difficult it is to let go off one’s long tresses, and as a woman and a human I couldn’t but feel so much love and respect towards this beautiful lady. She did it all so gracefully and with the biggest smile on her face.
In the words of my favourite author Isabel Allende, “We don't even know how strong we are until we are forced to bring that hidden strength forward. In times of tragedy, of war, of necessity, people do amazing things. The human capacity for survival and renewal is awesome.” The outpouring of love I’ve received in the last few days has been so overwhelming… and I’m especially grateful to those of you who shared stories of your experiences in dealing with cancer, whether it was your own or of loved ones. Your stories have given me an extra dosage of strength and courage, and more importantly, the knowledge that I’m not alone. Each day comes with its own challenges and victories and so for now, I’m taking this #OneDayAtATime. The only thing I’m trying to be consistent about is maintaining a positive outlook… literally #SwitchOnTheSunshine – it’s my way of dealing with this. Sharing my journey is also part of this process… I can only hope it reminds you that all is not lost and that someone, somewhere understands what you’re going through. 🤞🌞
She plans to document her journey and the whole process and take it all one step at a time.
We wish her all the luck and more power!