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.
It was in September 2018 that Rishi Kapoor left for New York with wife Neetu Kapoor for treatment of an undisclosed illness. The actor had revealed that it was during the shooting of a film in Delhi when “the problem was detected.” After spending an year in the big apple and undergoing treatment, the actor recently announced his next project, a remake of Hollywood film “The Intern”, in which he will feature along side Deepika Padukone. Work never stops!
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.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
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.