Sonali Bendre opens up on her battle with cancer, says, 'doctors had said I had 30% chances of survival'

Sonali Bendre opens up on her battle with cancer, spending the time in New York and more. Read on.
Sonali Bendre opens up on her battle with cancer, says, 'doctors had said I had 30% chances of survival'Sonali Bendre opens up on her battle with cancer, says, 'doctors had said I had 30% chances of survival'
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Sonali Bendre has shown her strength in the last few months as she battled cancer like a fierce warrior. The actress has taken a small sabbatical from her treatment right now and recently opened up about it in her interview with Rajeev Masand. She also revealed quite a few challenges of her recovery process and we are only more and more inspired.

Sonali has also been one of the few actors who has openly embraced her surgery scares and shared quite a few details of her recovery process on social media, emboldening many others. "I didn’t want to go to New York. It was my husband who wanted to go. And I fought with him all through the flight. ‘Why are you doing this? We have good doctors here. Why are you taking me away?’ My home, my life... in three days, we literally just packed and left and, I don’t know, what was happening. I was like let’s, at least, speak to the doctors here and he was just quiet through the whole thing and focussed. In the day, he was organising and, in the night, as New York was wake; so he was organising, so day and night--he was at that. So I got him and actually cribbed about the whole thing, on the flight. Through the flight, I have cribbed; I was really venting," she said while opening up.

She added, "I land in New York and next day, we go to the doctor. He looks at everything and we had sent all our tests and he says, you know, it is fourth stage and you have 30% chance of survival. That really hit me; I just turned to Goldie and I remember saying: ‘Thank God, you got me here’. Goldie always says that ‘tomorrow I’d rather feel I over-reacted, over-spent than under-reacted and have that regret that I should have done that’. There was no time for it and we were not told that it was fourth stage but Goldie had started reading about it and he was suspecting it.”


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Sonali never fails to leave us in awe of her and this time is no different. 

Also Read: Sonali Bendre looks beautiful as she flaunts her surgery scar in her latest photoshoot


I know of a person who survived cancer 10-13 years ago and now routinely gets called by the doctor to talk to his cancer patients.

Mental strength helps. Such positive stories as Sonali's help a lot.

Gowd, these ppl are vile, sick and jealous of ppl who have anything more than them.

Just keep calm now, I’m not supporting the negative commments at all but u sound more jealous and made a fool of yourself already..

Sonali did show immense strength..

Who are these lowlifes who are attacking Sonali? If she's talking about her struggle, it's to bring awareness. She may be richer than the average person but does money ever protect you from sickness and death? She is reflecting on her mortality as even Steve Jobs did or Bill Gate would have. So EFF off trolls.

Are you for real? You don’t think money tha fed 30% to 100%?

What could help is telling your symptoms, your financial help to the needy person as this cancer break average person’s bank .

Don’t be a celeb blind .

What’s wrong with u, why r u getting Steve jobs or bill gates in to the picture, it’s so random.. get a life and stop trolling..

I understand that Sonali wants to share her cancer battle but at the same time, I think she has done enough talk now. She is in remission and should take a much needed break. She was literally a nobody(her career ended like more than 10 years ago) till she got cancer, so I think she should use this new found strength and life she has received to do some good!!

i don't comment, but I can't believe what you said. Such lack of empathy and vileness.

Wow! How brave. You survived without family support and money for international treatment! How brave. Example for all the marginalized and low income ladies and families on how to battle through life. Inspiring and deserving of bharat ratna award.

@Anonymous who made that "how brave" comment.

Would you say this to her face? On national TV? If not, then why do it cowering behind your keyboard?

Why such lack of empathy and so much bitterness? Have a little more compassion for other people's suffering, instead of trvialising their lived experience. How would you feel if someone did the same to you, after you battled a deadly disease?

Firstly, your comment is full of assumptions. Secondly, I come from a financially well to do family but chose to start my own nonprofit that supports marginalized women. I have seen women die of diseases because of lack of money and care. When Bollywood personalities are put on a pedestal common people's voices like mine will be heard. You and your elite circle cannot do anything about it. Lastly, as I return back to working at the grassroots, please retrospect on how you just told an anonymous person that he/she might get a 'deadly disease'. Vile and utterly discompassionate to say the least. We don't even say that to the people we hate.

Very good decision and on time ...And what kind of cancer was that ? You leaving for last stunt? How many people u have helped ever since u landed in India? It’s more than 3 months.. stop how brave you are zz it was your money which sav s you .. go help needy people zz use your second chance by helping and not about how brave you where ..

Hello anonymous... Shut up

Thx Sonali for being so open. Can you talk about your symptoms in detail to educate people. So many of us ignore symptoms.

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