Sonali Bendre emerged as a hero amidst all the chaos in 2018. While life tried to pull her down, the actress soared high and conquered all with her warm smile and willpower. While being diagnosed with third-grade cancer, Sonali went through various phases, tougher than the previous ones. The actress recorded and shared bits of her journey with her fans on her social media handle who were constantly wishing for her speedy recovery.
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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!
One of the most heartbreaking moments for the actress throughout the entire journey was chopping-off her hair. She shared the photos and videos on her social media handle soon after her diagnosis. The actress opted for the short hair, before going bald and sported all of them like the diva she is.
However, now with her hair growing back, she shared a series of photos from her last blow dry before chopping off her hair. She not only posted her photos but also shared it along with the inspiring caption, “From being in awe of the body’s willingness and capacity to fight and heal and recover to overwhelming gratitude to the people who have stood by me and been pillars of strength to being reminded of life’s transience and that things come and go (much like my hair). Here’s looking towards a healthier and happier 2019. Onwards and upwards... “
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