Sonali Bendre On Being A Cancer Survivor, ‘It’s Not A Badge I Want To Wear And Move Around’

Ever since Sonali Bendre got diagnosed with high grade cancer, she has emerged as a picture of sheer determination and willpower. She has been inspiring millions of cancer survivors with her motivational posts all along.
Now that the actor is back in India post her treatment in US, she has been making strides to live a more fulfilled life. In a recent FICCI event in Jaipur, the actress opened up on her fight with the deadly disease and how her struggle has been different from Manisha Koirala and late Nargis. She also touched base upon how she doesn’t want to wear the badge of a cancer survivor and move around. Sonali considers it her duty to talk about her struggle if it makes an impact and gets people to talk about it.

Sonali, however, said that she wouldn’t take up any roles which have anything to do with cancer since reliving past memories would be painful.
In her own words,

“Manisha made a comeback when she was cancer free. I am not yet. My journey is a little different. I don’t think I would ever want to play the role of a cancer survivor and relive all those painful moments. There is so much to me than just being a cancer survivor. It is not a badge I want to wear and move around. The only reason I talk about it is that nobody discusses it. I am not a doctor or scientist. But if me coming out and discussing it is getting people to talk about it, then I think it’s my duty to talk about it instead of wallowing in self-pity.”

The actress also revealed what she went through during the treatment. She said,

“I have always had poker straight hair. I am hoping that these little twists that I am seeing how in my hair really last. And in this second round of life, I want slightly wavy hair so that my blow-dries are a little better. I am not looking for perfection anymore.”

Sonali also spoke about how she broke the news of her illness to her son Ranveer.

“Telling him about my cancer was both instinctive and selfish. Goldie and I felt that he is such an important part of the family and if something so huge is happening, he needed to be included in it. That was out instinct. The second thing was a very selfish motive. I didn’t know where I was heading. Whatever time was left, I wanted him with me. It was as simple as that.”

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