“Cancer made me fearless as I was not sure of having tomorrow. The dreaded disease made me discover a sense of adventure”
Sonali shared these powerful words during an event organized by FICCI Ladies Organization(FLO).
While many of us witnessed her inspiring and courageous fight through Instagram stories, we don’t really know what she feels about her life after recovering from cancer.
As Sonali is on her path to recovery, she shares how cancer changed her life and how she is accepting the new ‘HER’,
“My body is not what it was before.
I have to accept that fact and accept the scar that I have it on my body.
I am scared of facing what I am today. I have lost hair, eyelashes. Parachute hair oil was the first commercial I did as a model. Today I don’t have much hair. Now I am better.
My husband is happy with the way I am and the way my hair is today”
She further added how the tough phase of her life changed her perspective about the future.
“I always wanted to do what I fear the most.
Now I want to wear the most glamorous dress.
I look forward to doing the most glamorous shoot.”
Sharing about her strength and positivity during her fight against cancer, she shared in most honest terms.
“However, strong you may be, you can’t always be positive.
In my case, I had lows, ups, and downs.
I used to read, watch comedy and reality shows to keep me engaged.
The family, friends were a strong pillar of support for me.”
Showing her gratitude towards the support provided by her son, husband and her family, Sonali shared:
“My son accompanied me to the doctor visits.
He used to be my side during the chemo. He understood my situation.
I told him that I was going through the pain of Chemo to be able to be better soon. He understood my plight.
For him, the Chemo was not all that bad that he heard about.
I didn’t expect disease. It was a shock to me.
My family, particularly my husband was a pillar of strength to me.”
Realizing how difficult it was for her to speak openly about her cancer, she shared why she took help from Social Media.
“I didn’t want my 12 years old son to hear my health condition through others.
So, though I was a private person, I opened up to speak about my health condition.”
She further added:
“So many different stories were emanating about my health condition.
So I took up to Social Media to tell the right side of my story.
Thank god social media helped me connect with my fans directly.
Had it not been for it, I wouldn’t have experienced the love and warmth of my fans, well-wishers from all over the world”
Replying to a question about her future plans, she informed that she had no intention of writing a book.
“Book writing is a lonely job. And I don’t want to be lonely.
I take each day as it comes. I don’t plan she said while commenting about her future plans.
I want to keep myself busy, get occupied always”
But what she shared about Cancer is not only heart-touching but heart-breaking too.
“Cancer is like a Diabetes, you have to live with it.
If you diagnose it in the early stages, Cancer is curable. I had fourth stage cancer.
I had no choice but to go through Chemo Therapy.
There are other alternatives methods of treatments available now. I couldn’t get that luxury of trying different treatments as I was in advanced stage of the disease.
Now, newer ways of treatments are developed, where you don’t have to go through the Chemo.
If you diagnose early, you don’t even have to worry about Chemo.
You can get well without it”
She shared some great insights about women and the process of recovery, which we feel every woman should read!
“Women always put themselves last.
They think of themselves after the family.
Now in the process of recovery, I put myself first. I take care of myself.
I am enjoying this space right now”
While multiple research and studies show that women in India are at high risk of developing cancer, we don’t invest any time on ourselves to take any precautionary measures. We believe if you want to take away one lesson from Sonali’s struggle then it is this:
Always remember that early diagnosis makes Cancer less frightening, less scary and less painful.
So Dear Women, please stop putting your health last.
Because, if you don’t take care of yourself, who will take care of your family when you’re unwell!