When Sonali Bendre returned to India, after her cancer treatment in New York, we couldn’t stop talking about the brave smile that she carried. She announced her homecoming in the most beautiful way possible.
She shared a post that started with the beautiful words:
“They say, “Distance makes the heart grow fonder” It sure does. But let’s never underestimate what distance teaches you. Being away from home in the city of New York, I realized I was walking among so many stories. Each trying to write their own chapter in different ways. Each struggling to do it but never giving up. Each taking it #OneDayAtATime.”
She further continued about her own struggle:
“And now I’m on my way back home to where my heart is. It’s a feeling I can’t describe in words but I’m going to try – it’s the joy to see my family and friends again, the excitement to do what I love and mainly the gratitude for the journey I’ve had up until this moment.”
The fight is not yet over…but I’m happy and looking forward to this happy interval.
Though we have always talked about the support that Goldie has provided to Sonali Bendre, like many of you, we weren’t aware of the unconditional support that Sonali received from her sister during the tough battle that she fought against the deadly disease.
We got to know about it when Sonali recently took to Twitter to count her blessings as she was blessed with a very supportive and caring sister who stood by her during the toughest time.
She started the beautiful post with a quote from Pam Brown,
” An older sister is a friend and defender – a listener, conspirator, a counselor and a sharer of delights. And sorrows too.”
And, she shared how her sister Rupa Tai has been all this and more:
“She dropped everything in a heartbeat to be with me on this journey. She has been my rock…my person… Rupa Tai was involved in my journey from when I was diagnosed to the time I was deciding the course of treatment to packing her bags and coming with me to New York.”
She went further ahead to let the world know how her sister played multiple roles as per the circumstances:
“Her transition from one role to another was seamless. A dictator when I needed to eat right or take my meds or an empathetic counselor alternating between giving advice and offering silent support when all I needed was to be alone with my thoughts. She was around. She was with me and by me, at all times.”
But, what she said further will melt your heart:
“Sisters share a special relationship. We are literally an extension of each other. For bad days, her presence did the trick and the good days…well, it just got better!”