On August 5, the world celebrated Friendship Day. Friends, who are like second family, come in various forms – angels, best friends, soul buddies etc. But, for Sonali Bendre, whose battling cancer, her friends never left her side during her hard time. Bollywood actor Sonali Bendre is getting treated in New York for Metastatic cancer with chemotherapy sessions. The 43-year-old was happy to be with her girl gang, comprising of Sussanne Khan and Gayatri Joshi, on Friendship Day.
The news of Sonali Bendre‘s cancer rattled Bollywood and Sonali’s huge fan-following. She told fans she will be in New York for treatment, as her unfortunate health condition shocked everyone. This is what she wrote on Instagram:
Sometimes, when you least expect it, life throws you a curveball. I have recently been diagnosed with a high grade cancer that has metastised, which we frankly did not see coming. A niggling pain led to some tests, which led to this unexpected diagnosis. My family and close friends have rallied around me, providing the best support system that anyone can ask for. I am very blessed and thankful for each of them. There is no better way to tackle this, than to take swift and immediate action. And so, as advised by my doctors, I am currently undergoing a course of treatment in New York. We remain optimistic and I am determined to fight every step of the way. What has helped has been the immense outpouring of love and support I’ve received over the past few days, for which I am very grateful. I’m taking this battle head on, knowing I have the strength of my family and friends behind me.
The 43-year-old actress inspired many with her regular powerful posts on social media. When she sported shorter hair, she posted about “challenges” and “victories”.
In the words of my favourite author Isabel Allende, “We don't even know how strong we are until we are forced to bring that hidden strength forward. In times of tragedy, of war, of necessity, people do amazing things. The human capacity for survival and renewal is awesome.” The outpouring of love I’ve received in the last few days has been so overwhelming… and I’m especially grateful to those of you who shared stories of your experiences in dealing with cancer, whether it was your own or of loved ones. Your stories have given me an extra dosage of strength and courage, and more importantly, the knowledge that I’m not alone. Each day comes with its own challenges and victories and so for now, I’m taking this #OneDayAtATime. The only thing I’m trying to be consistent about is maintaining a positive outlook… literally #SwitchOnTheSunshine – it’s my way of dealing with this. Sharing my journey is also part of this process… I can only hope it reminds you that all is not lost and that someone, somewhere understands what you’re going through. 🤞🌞 Thank you @tomoarakawa for making this a chic transition from long to short!
Although this cruel fate has to be borne by the Sarfarosh actress, she shared how her only son, 12-year-old Ranveer, took to this news like a pillar of strength.
From the moment he was born 12 years, 11 months and 8 days ago, my amazing @rockbehl took ownership of my heart. From then on, his happiness and wellbeing have been the centre of anything @goldiebehl and I ever did. And so, when the Big C reared its ugly head, our biggest dilemma was what and how we were going to tell him. As much as we wanted to protect him, we knew it was important to tell him the full facts. We’ve always been open and honest with him and this time it wasn’t going to be different. He took the news so maturely… and instantly became a source of strength and positivity for me. In some situations now, he even reverses roles and takes on being the parent, reminding me of things I need to do! I believe that it’s imperative to keep kids involved in a situation like this. They are a lot more resilient than we give them credit for. It’s important to spend time with them and include them, rather than make them wait on the side-lines, not being told yet instinctively knowing everything. In our effort to protect them from the pain and realities of life, we might end up doing the opposite. I’m spending time with Ranveer right now, while he’s on summer vacation. His madness and shenanigans help me #SwitchOnTheSunshine. And today, we derive strength from each other #OneDayAtATime
It’s not been easy for filmmaker Goldie Behl, Sonali’s husband as well. After Sonali Bendre’s cancer, he thanked all fans and well-wishers for their love and support.
Thank you all for the love and support for Sonali… she is stable and is following her treatment without any complications. This is a long journey but we have begun positively.🙏
— goldie behl (@GOLDIEBEHL) August 2, 2018
Post Sonali Bendre’s cancer posts, her Bollywood friends have extended their sincere love. Hrithik Roshan, once wrote, “Don’t know who amazes me more, u, him or Goldie.”
And now, Hrthik has once again shown his loyalty, along with Sonali’s BFF’s Sussanne Khan and ‘Swades’ heroine Gayatri Oberoi. The trio spent Friendship Day with Hrithik Roshan in New York City.
That’s not all. Sonali took to Instagram to share her joy and thankfulness for her friends, also showcasing her new bald look post chemotherapy!
The post, shared by Sonali, came with a very heartfelt note as well. It read, “Nowadays I spend far less time getting ready because I don’t have to fuss over my hair!”
This is me. And in this moment, I am really happy. People give me strange looks when I say that now, but it's true and I'll tell you why. I am now paying attention to every moment, looking for every opportunity to find joy and #SwitchOnTheSunshine. Yes, there are moments of pain and low energy, but I am doing what I like, spending time with people I love, and feeling very loved and happy. I am extremely grateful to my friends, my pillars of strength, who at a moment's notice, arrived to be with me and help me through this. In between their busy schedules they find time to visit, call, message, FaceTime… basically never leaving a moment for me to feel alone. Thank you for showing me what true friendship is. #HappyFriendshipDay, ladies. Blessed to have you all in my life (including the ones not in the picture… You know who you are) @gayatrioberoi @suzkr P.S. Nowadays I spend far less time getting ready because I don't have to fuss over my hair! 😜#BaldIsBeautiful #FindThePositive #OneDayAtATime Picture credit: @hrithikroshan
What’s interesting is that the actress gave photo credit to Hrithik Roshan, which means he and Suzanne are spending time together. They were last seen on a movie date with sons in Mumbai.
Hrithik’s own sister Sunaina Roshan, was once a survivor of cervical cancer. After getting cancer-free, she wrote a special blog telling how Priyanka Chopra brought her strength and courage.
— Hrithik Roshan (@iHrithik) September 7, 2017
Meanwhile, during Sonali Bendre’s cancer struggle, celebs like Alia Bhatt, Raveena Tandon, Ekta Kapoor and Farah Khan, have extended their support towards their “pretty” friend.