How Sonali Bendre juggled the ‘curveball’ life threw at her

[dropcap]E[/dropcap]arlier this year, in July, Sonali Bendre took to social media to announce that she has been diagnosed with “high-grade cancer that has metastised.”

The actress had then gone to New York for treatment, and now is back in Mumbai. We take a look back at her journey in attempting to defeat the deadly disease.

She wrote, “Sometimes when you least expect it, life throws you a curveball. I have recently been diagnosed with high-grade cancer that has metastasized, which we frankly did not see coming. A niggling pain led to some tests, which led to this unexpected diagnosis. My family and close friends have rallied around me, providing the best support system that anyone can ask for. I am very blessed and thankful for each of them.”

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Metastatic cancer has the name as primary cancer and happens when breast cancer spreads to the lungs. This breast cancer is then referred to as metastatic breast cancer and not lung cancer. The treatment for this metastatic breast cancer will be the same as stage four breast cancer and not lung cancer.

At times, doctors are unable to tell where the cancer started in people diagnosed with metastatic cancer. This type of cancer is termed as cancer of unknown primary origin.

The actress, just days after revealing she has cancer, took to Instagram sharing a smiling photo of herself — a new photo in which she has a short hairdo — along with a beautiful message. She said that she is taking one day at a time even as every minute comes with its own challenges and victories. She also shared a video on her official Twitter handle, with the hashtag #SwitchOnTheSunshine:

She received a lot of love, support, care and prayers from her friends, family and fans, but it was her 12-year-old son Ranveer Behl who she draws most of her courage from.

The actress took to Instagram and shared a photo with Ranveer, mentioning how important it is to involve kids in the family situation. She also said that it is her son who “switch on the sunshine” in her as she battles with cancer in New York.

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Sonali, while undergoing treatment in New York, shared another photo on Instagram with her best friends, Sussanne Khan and Gayatri Joshi. The post, shared on Sunday, also came with a foot-note: “Nowadays I spend far less time getting ready because I don’t have to fuss over my hair! #BaldIsBeautiful #FindThePositive #OneDayAtATime.”

On her son’s 13th birthday, the actress shared a heartfelt and emotional post on her Instagram account. From Ranveer’s childhood to teenage, his mother managed to put together an array of photos to wish her ‘not-so-little-one.’

And while her fight with cancer continued in New York, she kept her fans updated about her treatment with social media posts and heartfelt messages:

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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

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The actress also hung out with Priyanka Chopra, and thanked her for making her feel good since she she was missing her husband:

Sonali also made a friend Bokhee — a hairstylist and wigmaker — during her stay in New York:

All the while, Sonali kept her friends and fans updated about her health through social media and received a lot of appreciation for her courage. She recently attended Priyanka Chopra’s pre-wedding celebrations in New York along with Neetu Singh who too has been spending time with Rishi Kapoor who is taking treatment for his unknown disease.

Finally, after spending months in New York battling cancer, Sonali returned to Mumbai on Sunday, December 2. The actor wrote that it is a joy to see her friends and family again and share her journey.

This months-long journey has been quite hectic for the actress, while her fight against cancer is still on we wish her a speedy recovery.