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Irrfan Khan To Sonali Bendre: Cancer Warriors Who Inspire Us Every Single Day

From celebrities who have called the disease a journey of self-discovery, to those who continuously make efforts to live positively each day, to make each day count, for themselves and for a million others. These celebrity influencers have proven to be real warriors – who’ve given us lessons in bravery and acceptance.

Irrfan Khan 

In March 2018, Irrfan revealed that he has been fighting a rare disease, he revealed he has been enduring severe pain. Diagnosed with neuroendocrine tumor, a highly aggressive, fast-growing cancer, Irrfan feels the diagnosis has forced him to see life in an entirely different light. He doesn’t plan anything anymore and loves the ‘spontaneity of living in the moment’, something most of us don’t do.

Rakesh Roshan 

Son, Hrithik Roshan had recently revealed that Rakesh Roshan was diagnosed with early stage squamous cell carcinoma of the throat on January 8, earlier this year. The family joyously celebrates Rakesh Roshan’s  successful surgery. Loving support goes a long way toward healing.

Lisa Ray

In June 2009, Lisa Ray was diagnosed with multiple myeloma. Taking the bull by the horns, Ray resolved to keep an upper hand. From making humongous efforts to raise awareness through her blog, The Yellow Diaries, to helping people who are fighting a similar battle, through raising funds for research communities, campaigning for expanded initiatives. She championed in a uphill battle with cancer.

Tahira Kashyap 

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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” #worldcancerday #breastcancerawareness #breastcancerwarrior #turningkarmaintomission #boddhisatva Thanks @atulkasbekar for this one❤️

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Tahira Kashyap was diagnosed with breast cancer in September, 2018. Embracing her scars like a brave-heart, Tahira considers her scars a powerful reminder. “I truly embrace all my scars as they are my badges of honour.” Said Kashyap in an Instagram post on World Cancer Day.

Nafisa Ali 

In 2018, through an Instagram post, Nafisa announced to her followers that she has been diagnosed with stage 3 cancer. Nafisa Ali still refuses to accept that she has cancer, yet dealing with it aggressively. It is a strange perspective for some, for her it is just a different approach. She is not a complainer, she has often admitted.

Anurag Basu

Anurag Basu fought cancer like a harlberdier armed with courage, even when his chances of survival were 50%. It’s important to never lose hope, to dig yourself out of the pit, to never fall into a bottomless pit of despair.

Manisha Koirala 

Dil Se actress, Manisha Koirala has penned her struggles in a memoir, Healed: How Cancer Gave Me A New Life. A book that reads her version of answering for herself, the gut-wrenching question – ‘WHY?’. In her journey of encountering suffering to finding faith, Manisha says cancer came into her life as a gift.

Sonali Bendre 

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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 #OneDayAtATime makes it easier to #SwitchOnTheSunshine. #WorldCancerDay

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When even lifting a finger was excruciatingly afflictive, Bendre did not allow painful thoughts to manifest. It is extremely important to accept one’s overwhelming emotions. Calling her diagnosis a minute to minute struggle with herself, Sonali allowed herself to cry, to even indulge in self-pity… for a little while.

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