With her recent utterance about high-grade cancer, Sonali Bendre has proven everyone that she is so much more than just a pretty face and an amazing actress. The resilient actress is bravely mastering all the adversity that comes along with cancer. She’s retaliating this deadly disease like a fearless fighter!
The Bollywood diva has kept her fans updated with updates about her health and treatments. She’s grateful to her family, friends, and fans for pouring immense love and support. Sonali is a true champion and we are proud of her.
In case you’ve missed the updates about her treatment, here’s a quick recapitulation:
1. Chopping off hair before the treatment:
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. ?? Thank you @tomoarakawa for making this a chic transition from long to short!
Sonali shared an emotional video of herself getting her hair cut short before the cancer treatment- A long pixie cut, it is!
2. Revelation to her Son:
From the moment he was born 12 years, 11 months and 8 days ago, my amazing @rockbehl took ownership of my heart. From then on, his happiness and wellbeing have been the centre of anything @goldiebehl and I ever did. And so, when the Big C reared its ugly head, our biggest dilemma was what and how we were going to tell him. As much as we wanted to protect him, we knew it was important to tell him the full facts. We’ve always been open and honest with him and this time it wasn’t going to be different. He took the news so maturely… and instantly became a source of strength and positivity for me. In some situations now, he even reverses roles and takes on being the parent, reminding me of things I need to do! I believe that it’s imperative to keep kids involved in a situation like this. They are a lot more resilient than we give them credit for. It’s important to spend time with them and include them, rather than make them wait on the side-lines, not being told yet instinctively knowing everything. In our effort to protect them from the pain and realities of life, we might end up doing the opposite. I’m spending time with Ranveer right now, while he’s on summer vacation. His madness and shenanigans help me #SwitchOnTheSunshine. And today, we derive strength from each other #OneDayAtATime
This strong mother posted a picture of her son and herself with an amazing caption in which she tells how the parenting role reversed the moment she revealed to her son about cancer. How maturely her 12-year-old, Ranveer Bahl, responded to it and instantly became a source of strength and positivity for her.
3. A strong support system:
Goldie Behl is husband goals! Why not? He has been a constant auxiliary for his ailing wife. He has constantly kept us updated with Sonali Bendre’s condition after every treatment.
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.
The actress and her girlies are giving us major friendship goals! Sonali recently posted a picture expressing how grateful she is for friends.
I've said it before and I’ll say it again… "I have the best friends in the world!" Thank you sooooo much @gayatrioberoi, @suzkr and @diamirzaofficial for coming together to celebrate Friendship Day with #SBC… I had so much fun watching this… So glad some of my influence has rubbed off on you hahaha Special thank you to @janiceseq85 for ensuring a smooth and lively conversation. I truly truly appreciate it. #SonalisBookClub
“…In between their busy schedules, they find time to visit, call, message, FaceTime… basically never leaving a moment for me to feel alone. Thank you for showing me what true friendship is.”
5. BALD, BOLD AND BEAUTIFUL:
Despite the tough times, Bendre has been body positive throughout the journey.
This is me. And in this moment, I am really happy. People give me strange looks when I say that now, but it's true and I'll tell you why. I am now paying attention to every moment, looking for every opportunity to find joy and #SwitchOnTheSunshine. Yes, there are moments of pain and low energy, but I am doing what I like, spending time with people I love, and feeling very loved and happy. I am extremely grateful to my friends, my pillars of strength, who at a moment's notice, arrived to be with me and help me through this. In between their busy schedules they find time to visit, call, message, FaceTime… basically never leaving a moment for me to feel alone. Thank you for showing me what true friendship is. #HappyFriendshipDay, ladies. Blessed to have you all in my life (including the ones not in the picture… You know who you are) @gayatrioberoi @suzkr P.S. Nowadays I spend far less time getting ready because I don't have to fuss over my hair! ?#BaldIsBeautiful #FindThePositive #OneDayAtATime Picture credit: @hrithikroshan
Instead of being low-spirited, forlorn, the gorgeous actress is having a very positive attitude towards the whole situation. She’s combating all the hurdles with a bright smile. She’s enjoying her life to the fullest despite the odds and making it look like a cakewalk!