onali Bendre has become an inspiration to many women, wives and mothers out there. With her courageous battle with cancer, Sonali has truly taught us all how we can succeed anything and everything in life. She was being treated in the US for her cancer, and after spending a few months there, she returned to India sometime back.
Sonali Bendre’s social media posts are all about inspiring words. In her latest post, she has shared the following picture which seems to be from her medical session, and she has shared a cryptic caption along with the pic. Reportedly, the picture is from the US where she has gone back for her chemotherapy session. Sonali has captioned it, “Another kind of outfit and another kind of accessory… just a small pit stop from the roller coaster we call life! Back home and back to #MyNewNormal #OneDayAtATime #SwitchOnTheSunshine.”
Sonali, you’ll be completely fine soon! She recently appeared in India Today Conclave and talked in detail about her cancer journey. Revealing how the negative thoughts after getting diagnosed with cancer turned into positive thoughts, and why she shared the news with her fans on social media, Sonali Bendre had said, “Everyone said, ‘Your lifestyle was never like that. How did it happen to you?’ I actually thought that it was me doing something wrong and that I have caused it. I actually went to a psychiatrist in New York because I was like, ‘I don’t understand what is happening to me. I’m not a negative person, I have a lot of positive thoughts. Am I being delusional and sweeping under the carpet? Do I actually have negative thoughts and I am burying it so deep in my sub conscience that I don’t realise it?’ I needed to understand what was happening to me. The line that he said is the hoarding for me in my life.”
Sharing what her psychiatrist said, Sonali had shared, “He said, ‘Sonali, cancer is caused by genetics or virus. If thoughts could cause or cure cancer, I would be the richest man on this earth because I deal with thoughts.’ It was like a weight was lifted off. I said I can deal with this. I don’t have to flog myself. Because I was doing that. I kept thinking what did I do wrong. I realised that we have done nothing wrong if we have got this disease. Every cancer is different. The symptoms and treatments are different and every human body deals with it differently. There are no formulas to it. That, I think, was the biggest takeaway for me. I don’t know why people hide it and don’t talk about it. As soon as I put that post out which was basically because I didn’t want rumours or distortion, the response was so overwhelming.”
Acknowledging the immense support she has received from her husband, Goldie Behl and her family, Sonali was quoted as saying, “I have had the most amazing support system. Goldie and my sister Rupa have been my support. Where Ranveer was concerned, he was on a school trip. I could’ve sent him home, but I said I need to see him. That’s the way Goldie and I’ve brought him up. It was about telling him something very honestly. If he didn’t tell him, he would probably misconstrue it. When Goldie told him, he went quiet. He said, “Mumma and me have read a book. This is going to be a tough time, we’re all in it together.” I felt he was tiptoeing around the process, but when he came a for the chemotherapy he said okay this is not so bad. I thought there would be blood and tubes.”
In a recent interview with Vogue India, the actress shared her journey of battling cancer. She had said, “My first thought was to hide it because it was a disease. I thought my ‘brand’ is overall along I had been endorsing healthy eating and health-focused products, and suddenly it was all gone. It was only when my oncologist said that I had fourth-stage cancer and a 30 per cent chance that my whole world view changed. Suddenly I didn’t see any reason not to talk about it. I had done nothing wrong; it was not my fault I had cancer, so why was I hiding it?”
Sonali also shared what her emotions were when she had shaven her head in the bathroom. The 44-year-old actress had stated, “It was that very typical meltdown-in-a-shower scene. There was nothing new about it—it was exactly how you see it in books and movies, where the protagonist takes a razor and shaves it off. I wanted to write a new story, but it was the same old scene. My idea was to go for a haircut with my girlfriends, open a bottle of champagne and toast to the one glass I was allowed to have before I shaved my head! So that scene remains.”