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Sonali Bendre pens down heartwarming letter to encourage cancer patients sharing her ordeal

This October, in an open letter Sunali Bendre pens down the ordeals she is facing during her ongoing cancer treatment. With her encouraging and heartwarming words, she aims to give strength to other cancer patients.

The Bollywood actress was diagnosed with cancer few months ago. While going through cancer treatment, time to time Sonali keeps on sharing her photos and activities on social media. It was last month when she shared about her new reading selection, a book named “A Gentleman in Moscow”.

While sharing her latest photo, Sonali start her letter with lines of Cheryl Strayed, book ‘Wild’, “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.”


Sonali further writes details about her condition while going through cancer treatment, that include post chemo and post-surgery:

“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”.

Sharing the importance of being positive no matter what ever the circumstances are, Sonali Bendre further writes, “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.”

Sonali proves to be a real warrior fighting a fatal disease bravely and giving encouragement to others with her strong words, “It’s another test”.

She concluded her letter writing, “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”

Anupum Kher shared the photos, captioning the post, “The elegance under pressure is the result of fearlessness.” It was so wonderful & refreshing to have dinner with the most beautiful, inspirational & courageous @iamsonalibendre along with the compassionate @GOLDIEBEHL & ever smiling Rupa”.

Rishi Kapoor and Neetu Kapoor are also in New York where Rishi will be undergoing certain tests to ascertain his illness. Neetu shared the pics along with the caption Love you @priyankachopra love you @iamsonalibendre love you @srishtibehlarya Goldie !!!! wonderful beautiful pple, on her Instagram.



Saman Siddiqui

Saman Siddiqui, A freelance journalist with a Master’s Degree in Mass Communication and MS in Peace and Conflict Studies. Associated with the media industry since 2006. Experience in various capacities including Program Host, Researcher, News Producer, Documentary Making, Voice Over, Content Writing Copy Editing, and Blogging, and currently associated with OyeYeah since 2018, working as an Editor.

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