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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
It was heart-breaking to find out that Sonali Bendre was diagnosed with cancer earlier this year. Ever since then, Sonali has been in New York for her treatments and constantly shared updates of her health with us. What was heartwarming was that Sonali didn’t choose to hide or run away from the world due to her illness. In fact, she opened up about it- the good, bad and ugly about the illness. But what’s so inspiring is the positive blanket all her posts had no matter what. Many of her B-Town BFFs and celebrities have been visiting the actress including Priyanka Chopra, Sussane Khan, and many more. Recently, South Indian superstar Mahesh Babu‘s wife and actress Namrata Shirodkar had met the actress and had shared her experience of spending time with Sonali to Deccan Chronicle.
She is a strong girl. She looks amazingly fit and ready to get back to normal life. I had such a lovely time with her. We discussed so many things. She told me the entire story of her illness and what gives her the strength, and I told her that she’s always in my prayers.
Namrata, her husband and along with her kids were in New York on a vacation when she visited Sonali.