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Sonali Bendre to Rakesh Roshan – Bollywood celebs who defeated Cancer and came out victorious

Bollywood is one place that can get you with its fast life and anxiety-inducing work culture. While the celebrities may follow a strict fitness routine, the ill-health may still slip through the cracks. There have been instances where celebrities have fallen ill to diseases such as cancer. But, they didn’t lose hope and decided to fight the disease head-on.

Today, we will talk about those celebrities who have battled cancer and came out stronger on the other side.

1. Sonali Bendre

Sonali left everyone shell-shocked when she took to Twitter, to announce that she is suffering from Metastatic Cancer. She took a sabbatical of over five months and went to the US for treatment. But, even in those days she kept her spirit high and continued to live life to fullest and inspired many people with her brave fight. Sonali finally defeated and came over cancer.

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“I knew that if I allowed fear to overtake me, my journey was doomed. Fear, to a great extent, is born of a story we tell ourselves, and so I chose to tell myself a different story from the one women are told. I decided I was safe. I was strong. I was brave. Nothing could vanquish me.” – Cheryl Strayed, Wild. Over the past couple of months, I have had good days and bad ones. There have been days when I’ve been so exhausted and in so much pain that even lifting a finger hurt. I feel like sometimes it’s a cycle… one that starts off with physical pain and leads to mental and emotional pain. The bad days have been many… Post chemo, post-surgery and the like… where even just laughing hurts. Sometimes it felt like it took everything I’ve had to push past it… a minute to minute battle with myself. I got through it knowing that even though I was fighting a long drawn out, draining battle… it was one that was worth the fight. It’s important to remember that we’re allowed to have those bad days. Forcing yourself to be happy and cheerful all the time serves no purpose. Who are we being fake and putting on an act for? I allowed myself to cry, to feel the pain, to indulge in self-pity… for a short while. Only you know what you’re going through and it is fine to accept it. Emotions aren’t wrong. Feeling negative emotions isn’t wrong. But after a point, identify it, recognize it and refuse to let it control your life. It takes an immense amount of self-care to get out of that zone. Sleep always helps, or having my favourite smoothie after chemo, or just talking to my son. For now, as my treatment continues… my visual focus remains to just get better and get back home. It’s yet another test… Student all my life… Learning all my life… #OneDayAtATime 📷: @srishtibehlarya

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2. Rakesh Roshan

Hrithik Roshan’s father, Rakesh Roshan was diagnosed with early stage of squamous cell carcinoma, a type of throat cancer, in 2019. It was Hrithik, who took to social media to break the news of his father’s illness but with strong positive message. Hrithik shared a picture with his father before their workout and captioned it, “Asked my dad for a picture this morning. Knew he wouldn’t miss gym on surgery day. He is probably the strongest man I know. Got diagnosed with early stage squamous cell carcinoma of the throat a few weeks ago, but he is in full spirits today as he proceeds to battle it.” Rakesh is on a path to recovery and will be soon back to work as situation gets normal.

3. Manisha Koirala

Manisha was reported to be diagnosed with cancer on 29th November 2012. The actress then communicated that she had been diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Soon after, she underwent surgery on 10th December 2012. She defeated the disease after a successful surgery and even went on to write a book titled, “Healed: How Cancer Gave Me a New Life” to present the successful story of her struggle.

4. Anurag Basu

Anurag Basu, who is known for directing films like, Gangster, Barfi and Jagga Jasoos was diagnosed with acute promyelocytic Leukemia a type of blood cancer in 2004 when he was working on Tumsa Nahi Dekha. Roads seemed closed for his recovery and doctors had given up on his treatment. However, the verdict failed to shake him as he fought the battle head one and also completed the film from his hospital bed. He even wrote scripts for Life in a Metro and Gangster during this time and came out of it, as if nothing happened. Anurag’s fight against cancer is a story of true grit.

5. Tahira Kashyap

Filmmaker – writer Tahira Kashyap, who is also the wife of Ayushmann Khurrana, suffered from stage 0 breast cancer and underwent a mastectomy procedure. She later opened up about her fight in an audio podcast where she shared how in those difficult times she drew strength and energy from her husband and children to put up a brave fight. Tahira has since then been involved in raising awareness about the early detection of breast cancer. Being a supportive husband, Ayushmann has spoken about the roller-coaster of emotions and the challenges they went through the entire process as they constantly leaned on each other during her recovery.

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A small something I have written…. #nationalcancersurvivorsday . . Some scars are deep, some within, Some are seen while some are hidden. The thing about scars is , it reminds you of the past, The moments of suffering that you thought would forever last. But there’s more to these Goddamn scars, They are Secrets hidden far away, just like the stars. It’s the Truth which you don’t see with the naked eye, Oblivious to the functioning of the world, a blatant lie. But hear me, there’s more to this scar, It talks also about the fight, the resilience and your invincible power. My love and respect to those who fought, The treacherous battlefield that Few crossed while some got lost. But the thing with this health karma is that everyone is a winner, For it’s the fight that counts whether you an expert or a beginner. The fight with cancer is not just physical but also mental, Some battles are more tough to conquer especially if they are internal. But hear me again, we all have that fighter which has the universe’s might, The indomitable spirit that can’t be crushed by any fright. Hide not your scars my love, Show them, flaunt them, just like your bright smile, soothing to others eyes, And when you do that time and again giving people nowhere to run and hide, they will have to fall in love with your badge of honour, your prize. So hear me one last time, Fall in love with your self, All with dust, scar and grime. For that’s what make you, YOU Faulty, imperfect, blemished but all true! Lensed by @atulkasbekar who captures the soul! Thank you for this ❤️

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So that was our story on Bollywood celebrities, who fought cancer and defeated the disease with their strong will. We will be back with more stories.

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