Sonali Bendre has emerged as an inspiration for all those who are battling cancer. With her empowering posts, she has been inspiring millions fighting the disease. Not only has she been vocal about her struggles, she has been fighting it with upmost courage.
Recently, Sonali revealed how she felt when she was first diagnosed with the disease.
Speaking to Rajeev Masand, Sonali revealed that initially when she was diagnosed with the disease, she was in India and she wasn’t told what stage of cancer she was in. It was her husband’s quick wit that he took the call to take her to New York to get a second opinion. Sonali was however, a little apprehensive of the quick decision for her husband Goldie to take her to New York.
She said: “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 organising and, in the night, as New York was wake; so he was organising, 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.
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 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 fourth stage but Goldie had started reading about it and he was suspecting it.”
Sonali came back to India last December after spending close to 6 months getting treatment for her cancer in New York. Recently, she did a photoshoot for Vogue India, embracing her cancer scars that she got from her treatment.