Tahira Kashyap bares her scars in powerful post on World Cancer Day

On World Cancer Day, actor Ayushmann Khurrana’s wife and filmmaker Tahira Kashyap shared a powerful new picture showing her bald head, bare back and a scar from her mastectomy, performed last year after being detected with breast cancer.

“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,” she wrote in her post.

“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,” she added. The picture has been clicked by Atul Kasbekar.

Ayushmann Khurranna, who re-shared the post on his Twitter handle, said: “Your scars are beautiful. You are a trailblazer.” Ayushmann gave a massive shout-out to Tahira for her inspiring words and said: “Keep inspiring the millions who get depressed when they get to know about cancer. Be the lifer you are!

Actress Neha Dhupia is also one of those who left a comment on the post: “Such beautiful words of wisdom and strength as always…,” she wrote while Twinkle Khanna, Ekta Kapoor and others also gave their thumbs ups.

Tahira walked the ramp at the Lakme Fashion Week on Sunday for Reebok. She wore an all-white ensemble and showed of her bald head.

Tahira Kashyap was diagnosed with stage zero breast cancer in September last year, which later progressed to the next stage. She recently introduced her “bald is beautiful” self with these words: “Was getting tired of the extensions, so this is how it is and it’s so liberating in every sense of the word, so much so that I don’t have to duck the shower while bathing or while picking up the soap!”

Ahead of that, she had tweeted about resuming work in November, little more than a month after which, she underwent her last chemotherapy session: