Today, that is February 14, is celebrated as World Cancer Day to spread awareness of the deadly disease which is cancer. Many people are suffering from cancer worldwide, some have survived cancer and some have seen their loved ones battling it and sadly many have succumbed to the deadly disease.
Famous personalities who are battling cancer right now are Sonali Bendre, Rakesh Roshan, and Tahira Kashyap.
Today, many celebrities took to their social media to make people aware of this deadly disease, posting motivational words for those fighting cancer, sharing their own struggles with the disease, and providing information to prevent it, for others.
Ayushmann Khurrana’s wife and filmmaker Tahira Kashyap took to her social media to share a scar from cancer on her back and wrote a note, proudly accepting her scar as her badge of honour.
“Today is my day! Wish you all a happy #worldcancerday and hope each one of us celebrates this day in an embracing way. That we remove any stigma or taboo associated with it. That we spread awareness about it and that we have self love no matter what. I truly embrace all my scars as they are my badges of honour. There is nothing known as perfect. Happiness lies in truly accepting yourself. This was a tough one for me. But this picture was my decision as I want to celebrate not the disease but the spirit with which I endured. To quote my mentor, Diasaku Ikeda, “Leading an undefeated life is eternal victory. Not being defeated, never giving up, is actually a greater victory than winning, not being defeated means having the courage to rise to the challenge. However many times we’re knocked down, the important thing is we keep getting up and taking one step-even a half step- forward”
Sonali shared a picture of herself with a long caption with a message for people battling with cancer. She asked people to be diligent about the disease and taking one day at a time.
In her post, 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 #OneDayAtATimemakes it easier to #SwitchOnTheSunshine.
The actor who not only lost his mother but also his first wife to cancer, also took to his twitter to share a message for people battling the disease.
Having lost my mother & Richa to cancer, my heart goes out to everyone battling this grave disease. More power & strength to you all. Today on #WorldCancerDay let’s pledge our support in making this world cancer free!
The actor, whose wife Tahira is currently battling cancer, took to his social media account to share the picture of his wife with a sweet poem for her.
Paa le tu aisi Fateh.
Samandar teri pyaas se darey.
These lines are for you @tahira_k. Your scars are beautiful. You are a trailblazer. Keep inspiring the millions to fight their personal battles. Be the lifer you are! #WorldCancerDay Lensed by @atulkasbekar
The actor, who lost his wife Rina to cancer in 2009, also shared a message to people fighting for cancer.
I remember my late wife Rina’s brave face while fighting cancer. My heart goes out to all, who are embattling this dreaded disease. More strength & power to you.
Early detection & awareness is the key to survival.
Work towards making this world cancer free
The actor took to his twitter account to share this message,
Today is World Cancer Day. A disease that is becoming an epidemic. I know what it means to go through this ordeal. There is nothing we can do even today but just hope. Hope that we find a cure. My prayers with all the fighters, their loved ones.Hoping we find a cure. #WorldCancerDay