World Cancer Day 2019: Sonali Bendre offers thoughtful advice to overcome the stigma associated with cancer

On World Cancer Day, Sonali Bendre took to Instagram to share a black and white photo of herself along with a strong way to overcome the fear associated with the dreaded disease. Take a look.
World Cancer Day 2019: Sonali Bendre offers thoughtful advice to overcome the stigma associated with cancerWorld Cancer Day 2019: Sonali Bendre offers thoughtful advice to overcome the stigma associated with cancer
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As humans, we all battle similar fears. Most of us are wary of most diseases. But the one that really shakes us all up is cancer. Today, on World Cancer Day, we can see a number of prominent personalities coming out and sharing their first reaction when they themselves or a close one was diagnosed with the lethal disease. Among them is actress Sonali Bendre. The beautiful and talented actress was diagnosed with cancer last year after which she took off for her treatment to the USA.

However, all her fans were still coming to terms with the actress' illness. Many of us fear cancer to such an extent that we choose not to talk about it. This is one issue that Sonali addressed with her latest post on Instagram. After moving to the US, she kept sharing anecdotes of her health and also shared her journey of getting better on social media. Today, to make people aware of cancer, Sonali took to Instagram to pen a long post. Along with the message, she posted a black and white photo of herself. 

In the photo, we can see Sonali in a new hairstyle. She wrote, “World Cancer Day… who would have thought it would become such a thing… but it has! And just the mere mention of the C word brings dread in the hearts of anyone who hears it. We fear it so much that we’d rather not talk about it… which is why it’s important to have a day where we pull out the band aid and help us deal with this disease. I was scared too, but soon realised that burying my head in the sand was not the way to deal with this. And so… with the little experience I have had, I urge you all to take the time to understand it. There's more to cancer than being emotional or weak or even being called a fighter or a survivor. It requires you to study it, find out what works for you and to be diligent about your treatment. It requires days of strongly believing in oneself, of knowing that tomorrow will be better than today. It is not a fight against negative thoughts. It's taking a stand to not give in, no matter what. Most importantly, it is about living every day, and not just surviving. Just taking it #OneDayAtATime makes it easier to #SwitchOnTheSunshine. #WorldCancerDay”

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World Cancer Day… who would have thought it would become such a thing… but it has! And just the mere mention of the C word brings dread in the hearts of anyone who hears it. We fear it so much that we’d rather not talk about it… which is why it’s important to have a day where we pull out the band aid and help us deal with this disease. I was scared too, but soon realised that burying my head in the sand was not the way to deal with this. And so… with the little experience I have had, I urge you all to take the time to understand it. There's more to cancer than being emotional or weak or even being called a fighter or a survivor. It requires you to study it, find out what works for you and to be diligent about your treatment. It requires days of strongly believing in oneself, of knowing that tomorrow will be better than today. It is not a fight against negative thoughts. It's taking a stand to not give in, no matter what. Most importantly, it is about living every day, and not just surviving. Just taking it #OneDayAtATime makes it easier to #SwitchOnTheSunshine. #WorldCancerDay

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(Also Read: Sonali Bendre returns to the 'set' amid her battle with cancer, calls it a 'surreal' feeling)

The actress who is on her road to recovery is back from the US and is spending time with her loved ones and friends. When she returned, she shared her journey on social media and vowed to inspire everyone. Her courage is often praised by many of her close friends who have supported her through the hard times. When she was diagnosed, she was a judging a reality show on Zee TV called as India’s Best Draamebaaz and had to leave in between. But, she kept in touch with the little kids and also sent a video wishing the toddlers on the grand finale of the show. She also recently returned to work and felt extremely happy to be able to do so. She shared a photo of that day as well. 

Comments

May all the cancer patients in the world have a speedy recovery!

strong and nice words. Sonali , you are privileged to be married in a rich family ... you dont have to do 9-5 to bring bread everyday.. why don't you help other poor cancer patients in india? a lot of poor people in india are lookin for help.. if you are really as good at your heart .. then show us with your actions... coz words are cheap.
i think you are using your cancer for more publicity for yourself ... please prove me wrong ...life gave you a second chance ... enjoy it by doing right .. specially when financially you can !

Agreed. Good thing she stayed positive and overcame cancer. Good on her to spread awareness too, but to whom ? ...to the elite few that have the time to spend on Twitter. Middle class and poor women are struggling to make ends meet rather than read twitter. Best if she can do something for poor cancer patients rather than sermonizing on twitter. Its a whole different world when you are rich and have the means to get the best treatment.

I am happy to see Sonali came out strong out of this. These things can make or break a person... often times, break them.

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