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Today is #ReadABookDay and what better way to celebrate it than by announcing the next book for #SBC! This one is a historical fiction set in Russia called "A Gentleman in Moscow" by @amortowles. The premise sounds pretty interesting, and I can't wait to start reading it! #SonalisBookClub
Sonali Bendre is one of the most intelligent and positive people you will meet. There is a sense of calm and cheer that she brings along when she walks into a room and her social media is a reflection of that. Earlier this year, when she was diagnosed with cancer, she never chose to hide, in fact, she chose to write about it and tell the world about it through an Instagram post. The only thing that’s changed about Sonali so far, is her hair. The smile and the positive energy that her friends and followers get still remains the same.
In her latest post, she took to share the hardest parts of her battle with cancer and it is the most heartfelt post you’ll ever read. Keeping positivity aside, she explains she too have hard days, bad days and days when it hurt to even lift a finger, days when she’s cried and gave into negativity after multiple sessions of chemo and surgeries. She also said it’s okay to feel these things, your success lies in feeling all these emotions, realizing them and coming out of it. Her post almost had me in tears and I’m sure it will have a profound effect on you too.
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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
Yes. Baby steps, it is. Like I said, she continues to be an inspiration.
We wish you a steady and full recovery, Sonali! Sending you lots of love and recovery vibes.