You can never really be prepared for what life throws at you, but you can certainly be motivated to fight it. And that’s what actress Sonali Bendre did when doctors told her that she has stage IV cancer and she had only 30% chance of survival. Last July, the actress announced about her dreaded disease via a brave post on Instagram, and since then, she has unapologetically shared her emotional journey fighting cancer and inspired millions.
Her core pillar of strength through her journey was her husband, Goldie Behl, and close friends. It was actually Goldie’s decision to move to New York for treatment though Sonali was against it. Sonali spoke to film critic, Rajeev Masand, in an inspiring chat. She shared:
‘I didn’t want to go to New York. It was my husband who wanted to go. And I fought with him all through the flight. ‘Why are you doing this? We have good doctors here. Why are you taking me away?’ My home, my life… in three days, we literally just packed and left and, I don’t know, what was happening. I was like let’s, at least, speak to the doctors here and he was just quiet through the whole thing and focussed. In the day, he was organizing and, in the night, as New York was wake; so he was organizing, so day and night–he was at that. So I got him and actually cribbed about the whole thing, on the flight. Through the flight, I have cribbed; I was really venting.’
Later, Sonali realized that her husband was right in every way as she needed immediate diagnose to cure herself. Sonali added:
‘I land in New York and next day, we go to the doctor. He looks at everything and we had sent all our tests and he says, you know, it is the fourth stage and you have 30% chance of survival. That really hit me; I just turned to Goldie and I remember saying: ‘Thank God, you got me here’. Goldie always says that ‘tomorrow I’d rather feel I over-reacted, over-spent than under-reacted and have that regret that I should have done that’. There was no time for it and we were not told that it was the fourth stage but Goldie had started reading about it and he was suspecting it.’
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What made Sonali a winner is her positive outlook and inner strength. After all, life is all about how you fight back. Does her story inspire you? Share your thoughts with us in comments.